To the surprise of virtually no one, Native Americans have been handed a sizable slice of this particular humble pie. Thirteen percent of Native Americans don't have access to running water, compared to just 0.04 percent of everybody else. An estimated 40 percent of the Navajo Nation in New Mexico is without running water, leaving them with no option but to haul water from faraway taps. Fun fact: This costs them 72 times more than your average American pays for his delicious, easily accessible tap water. Those who can't afford it are stuck with whatever (generally non-potable) water sources they can find. Fortunately, they have help, like DIGDEEP, an L.A. nonprofit specializing in defending citizens' rights to clean water, and Darlene the Water Lady, a volunteer who drives a monthly water truck round to provide hundreds of Navajo Nation families with clean water.
To save resources, these families will often use the same water to bathe, wash dishes, and flush toilets (provided they have any), hopefully in that order. Most families tend to run out at some point during the month. That's when things get very Tank Girl. See, even non-existent water is better than deadly water. In 2015, the residents of Sanders, Arizona (which just so happens to be mostly populated by Navajo) were abruptly informed that all of their water was contaminated with dangerously high levels of cancer-causing uranium. Turns out, no one bothered to tell the residents their well was built near an old Cold War mine. Maybe they were just hoping the whole town would develop super powers.