Clean, high-quality water is vital to the spiritual, cultural and economic well-being of the Hopi Tribe. Ever-increasing pressures on its water resources and potential threats to water quality put Hopi water resources at risk.
The Water Code
Hopi Tribal Council Resolution H-107-97 (371 KB pdf; download Adobe Acrobat reader) established The Hopi Tribe Water Code to address the need for regulations regarding well drilling, wellhead protection, and water quality standards. It adopts as policy three documents that were developed in accordance with principles of sound water management and protection, and incorporate conservation principles and practices:
- Hopi Tribe Water Quality Standards (896 KB pdf)
- New Proposed Water Quality Standards (4 MB pdf)
- Wellhead Protection Manual (1 MB pdf)
- Standard Specification for Well Construction and Pump Installation (1 MB pdf)
Before digging a well, a Well Construction Permit Application (52 KB Word document) must be submitted to and approved by the Water Resources Program.
EPA's List of Contaminants and their Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCLs) are available here.
The Wastewater Code
All Hopi Reservation natural resources are interconnected. The planning, design, installation, and use of residential, commercial, industrial or other wastewater collection, pumping, treatment, and disposal systems on the Reservation have a major impact on all Reservation natural resources and the general health and well being of the entire Hopi Tribe.
In adopting the Hopi Wastewater Code (1.3 MB pdf), the Hopi Tribal Council has determined that the installation and use of wastewater collection, treatment, and/or disposal systems should not adversely affect the public health nor cause the degradation of ground or surface water or any other natural resource. They also should not cause a public nuisance or any other negative aesthetic impact.