National Drinking Water Week 2016 was a huge success!! Community Water Center celebrated the week with a series of community events throughout the San Joaquin Valley, culminating with a party in Orosi celebrating not only National Drinking Water Week but also the AGUA Coalition's 10th year of water justice activism. We conducted community meetings, or "platicas," in Arvin, East Porterville, and Fresno to talk with community partners about nitrate contamination, 1,2,3-TCP's impending Maximum Contaminant Level, and local water pilot projects.
While staff were traveling in Valley communities and preparing for the Friday AGUA celebration, CWC also released our California's Drinking Water Crisis infographic, and we released our long-awaited report, "Are We Providing Our School Kids Safe Drinking Water?," which provides an unprecedented analysis of the impact of drinking water violations in California schools.
On Friday, CWC staff from all three of our offices gathered in Orosi to congratulate AGUA members on their 10 years of hard work advocating for the human right to water for all communities. The celebration included an Aztec dance performance by Calpulli Tepeyollotl Cuahuitlan; inspiring words from Co-Director and AGUA Coalition Acting Coordinator Susana De Anda and many AGUA members; a raffle prize giveaway for AGUA members, friends, and family; and delicious homemade pozole!
While National Drinking Water Week is over, CWC's work to ensure all communities have safe, affordable water continues! National Drinking Water Week gives us an opportunity to bring more attention and support to solving the drinking water issues in California's small, rural communities. This year we accomplished so much! It was a lot of work, but a lot of fun. Of course, CWC didn't do all of this alone -- numerous friends, family and water justice allies donated last week to support our policy advocacy for statewide solutions to California’s drinking water crisis -- we raised over $7,000 thanks to our supporters! Thank you for a powerful 2016 National Drinking Water Week!