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Interim Drinking Water Solutions in Arvin

Residents of Arvin, CA, have been impacted by arsenic-contaminated water for over a decade. Each of the community's five wells exceeds drinking water standards set by the federal EPA for arsenic. Drilling new wells will take two or more years and millions of dollars.

We’re working toward a more permanent, community-driven water solution for Arvin (check out recent TV news coverage here!), but in the meantime, we’re helping bring water fountains, water bottle filling stations, and point-of-use (POU) filters to schools and other public community sites so that residents can access clean, safe, and affordable drinking water now. We've been installing bottle filling stations in Arvin schools, and we’ll soon be installing more stations with POU filters in partnership with Rural Community Assistance Corporation, The California Endowment’s Agua4All Initiative, the State Water Board, Blue Planet Network, The Committee for a Better Arvin, and many more local community and site partners. Check out photos from several recent filter installations by clicking below! 

 

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