The Technical Assistance and Training (TAT) Grant Program has been established to assist communities with water or wastewater systems through free technical assistance and/or training provided by the grant recipients. Qualified private non-profit organizations receive TAT grant funds to identify and evaluate solutions to water and waste disposal problems in rural areas, assist applicants in preparing applications for water and waste grants made at the State level offices, and improve operation and maintenance of existing water and waste disposal facilities in rural areas.

Drinking water systems are basic and vital to both health and economic development. With dependable water facilities, rural communities can attract families and businesses that will invest in the community and improve the quality of life for all residents. Without dependable water facilities, the communities cannot sustain economic development. 

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STAR School- TAT


In 2014 and 2015, the STAR (Services to All Resources) School awarded The Technical Assistance and Training (TAT) Grant Program (TAT-Year 1, TAT-Year 2, and TAT-Year 3) to provide the most needed technical assistance and training to improve water and wastewater services and infrastructures in Navajo Nation with primary focus on the proactive communities/Chapters, such as Leupp, Tolani Lake, and Bird Springs, as well as Bennett Freeze Area including several Chapters around Tuba City, AZ. 

​Most importantly, this program was specifically designed to focus on developing local capacity in order to provide continued water and wastewater education, technical assistance, and training after the completion of the program.  This program will be directly tied to a new vocational school and/or high school curriculum, which is currently planned for both adults and students, as an important augment. 

During TAT-Year 1, a Demonstration Solar Powered Nano-filtration Water Treatment System was developed to treat brackish water. The unit was successfully installed and it is currently operating at STAR School. Hands on training was also provided.

The project team has completed  a Mobile Demonstration Solar Powered Nano-filtration Water Treatment System (Unit 2) inside a school bus. The unit was completed January 2018.

Project Goals & Objectives

Project Goals

The overarching goals of this program are:

  1. Provide much needed technical assistance and training in resolving pressing water and wastewater problems;
  2. Attract available Federal and state funding to solve local problems;
  3. Raise personal and public awareness of the importance of water safety;
  4. Stimulate rural economies;
  5. Improve the health and living conditions, and reduce the risk of waterborne diseases in Navajo Nation.


Specific objectives/purposes are:

  1. Identify and evaluate potential solutions to water problems in the defined project areas relating to source, storage, treatment, or distribution.
  2. Identify and evaluate solutions to wastewater problems in the defined project areas relating to collection, treatment, or disposal.
  3. Assist associations in the preparation of water and/or waste loan and/or grant applications.
  4. Provide technical assistance and/or training to association personnel that will improve the management, operation and maintenance of water and waste disposal facilities.
  5. Offer logistic services leading to technical assistance and/or training authorized above. 

STAR School Water Project

STAR School Providing Affordable Drinking Water for People