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Free Water Testing for Lead Available to California Schools

ON Jan 18, 2017

Yesterday afternoon, the State Water Resources Control Board sent a permit amendment notice to all public water systems in California requiring them to offer free tap water testing for lead contamination to the schools they serve. The move comes after mounting concerns over the lack of requirements for water quality testing in schools, especially after the disaster in Flint, Michigan.

News Release: Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Needs Recognized in California Budget

ON Jan 12, 2017

Water justice advocates and environmental, health, rural, and equity organizations were encouraged that language in the Governor’s budget referenced safe and affordable water. However, advocates urged the Governor to prioritize developing a sustainable funding source this year to ensure all Californians have safe and affordable drinking water.

County moving in right direction on well ordinance

ON Dec 15, 2016

It may have taken longer than some wanted, but Tulare County Supervisors last week agreed they need to look at some form of a well ordinance, but not tie the hands of rural residents or farmers. Supervisors instructed county staff to come up with a draft ordinance which right now would place a moratorium on the drilling of new ag wells on land which is not presently being farmed. The county also instructed staff to study the need for a hydrologist who could further study impacts on new well drilling.

Toxic water plagues rural California

ON Dec 14, 2016

Californians relying on small water utilities to bring drinking water into their homes, or who work or go to school in places providing their own water, are far more likely to be exposed to lead, according to a new analysis of Environmental Protection Agency data by The Desert Sun and USA TODAY.

A Year in Review: 2016

ON Dec 12, 2016

See some of our accomplishments over the past year!

S.F. Chronicle Highlights Need for 1,2,3-TCP Regulation in Asha Kreiling's Op-Ed

ON Dec 09, 2016

The San Francisco Chronicle published an op-ed by CWC's Asha Kreiling on the need for a drinking water standard for 1,2,3,-TCP this morning! The story describes CWC's campaign to educate residents of impacted communities, such as Arvin, about the health risks 1,2,3-TCP, where it came from, and why we should all be advocating for the State Water Board to adopt a health-protective limit of 5 parts per trillion. Check out the story online and sign up to receive updates on upcoming opportunities to take action!

Improved Drought Planning for Small and Rural Communities

ON Dec 06, 2016

Last May, Governor Brown passed Executive Order B-37-16 which focuses on water conservation and drought resiliency throughout the state. One component of the executive order called on counties to work with the state to develop "improved drought planning" for those areas not covered by Urban Water Management Plans (i.e. small and rural communities).

Public Comment Period Nearing for Cancer-Causing Water Contaminant 1,2,3-TCP

ON Nov 22, 2016

It's been almost a year since CWC kicked off our campaign to protect drinking water from cancer-causing drinking water contaminant 1,2,3-TCP, and we've come a long way. But, we still have work to do. What may be the most critical point in this process is still to come. Once the State Water Board staff has drafted the regulations, they must solicit input from the public. The formal public comment period is set to take place in December - January, with the public hearing before the State Water Board members in January.

United for Water Justice

ON Nov 10, 2016

Now more than ever, we must stand together in the movement for water justice. Together, we can and will resist racism, sexism, xenophobia, and hate as we fight to secure safe and affordable drinking water for all.

Allensworth and Alpaugh Featured in Groundwater Matters Film Premiere

ON Nov 07, 2016

Talking about groundwater regulations and governance can occasionally seem a little dry and boring, but it’s a huge issue for California.

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