Californians who grumble about not being able to water their lawns everyday during the fourth year of a historic drought should swing by this small town in southern Kern County. Drought or no drought, residents of this rural community can’t drink water from the tap and can’t even use it for cooking because high levels of arsenic — known to cause cancer — become even more concentrated when water is boiled.
The Guardian recently published an op-ed by Laurel Firestone and Thomas Harter on the need for public wells logs in California, especially as drought conditions continue to intensify.
The $7.545 billion water bond (Prop. 1) was approved overwhelmingly by California voters last November to direct critical resources towards state water supply infrastructure projects. That set aside at least $696 million specifically for disadvantaged and severely disadvantaged communities. Now, the task at hand is actually disbursing that money on the ground where it’s needed most.
Governor Brown approved a $1 billion emergency drought relief package this week! The legislation is an important step toward ensuring all communities have access to safe, clean, and affordable drinking water.
More than half a dozen East Porterville residents drove to Sacramento last month to testify before the Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee. These residents told stories about life without water. Of being unable to wash clothes, take showers, or even flush the toilet without first walking outside to fill a bucket with water from a temporary water tank.
CWC Co-founder and Co-Executive Director, awarded 2013 Gary Bellow Public Service Award
CWC's Co-Founder & Co-Executive Director awarded "Top Activist" in 2012