Arizona

Apr 13, 2014 12:01 PM by Associated Press

Navajo families receive electricity for first time

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Life has become a little easier for Margie and Alvin Tso.

The couple's home on the Navajo Nation near Page recently was connected to the power grid for the first time.

The money for the project in LeChee is a mix of federal grants, and contributions from the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority and the owners of the Navajo Generating Station. The $4.8 million project that began in 2012 is scheduled to wrap up in 2015 after connecting 63 homes to the power grid.

More than 75 miles of power poles and electric lines have been installed.

Electricity is considered a luxury in some areas of the Navajo Nation. An estimated 15,000 homes on the reservation that extends into Arizona, New Mexico and Utah do not have electricity.

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