As an organization committed to ensuring all communities have access to safe, clean, and affordable drinking water, the Community Water Center stands in solidarity with the community of Flint, Michigan. We laud the community's hard work to demand accountability from local, state, and federal elected officials. We are grateful that their fight has shined a light on the water injustices facing low-income communities and communities of color not only in Michigan but throughout the country.
In a situation that is all too similar to the nightmare facing Flint, Michigan, California’s rural communities of color have to pay for water they can’t drink. And they’ve had to do so for over a decade in some cases. Residents from Seville, Monson, Yettem, East Orosi, Arvin, and so many other small, rural communities made great progress in passing the Human Right to Water Bill in 2012, but four years later, too many Latino farmworker communities are still not able realize that right. Over one million Californians are impacted by unsafe water annually, and almost 13,000 Californians have completely run out of water in the drought. The communities forced to deal with unreliable, unaffordable, and polluted water are disproportionately Latino and disproportionately low-income.
The Community Water Center is working from the local level to the state level to advance water justice in California. We remain inspired by our movement brothers and sisters in Flint, and we remain committed to our work in solidarity with communities across the country and world who are working to secure the basic human right to safe, clean, and affordable water.
CWC and our partners are working toward water justice locally and statewide. If you would like to learn more and get involved with our policy efforts to ensure all communities have access to safe water, click here to sign up for Action Alerts team.