Community Water Center recently completed a year-long pilot private well testing project in May. This free water testing program was designed to inform local residents of their water quality.
The Drinking Water Advocates Coalition representing rural water advocates, urban water districts, education and children's organizations, and environmental justice, health and equity organizations expressed support for the Legislature’s investment in guaranteeing that all Californians have access to safe, clean, and affordable drinking water and urge the Governor to support.
A bill by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to better ensure that small, public water agencies are able to provide long-term delivery of safe, clean drinking water passed the state Assembly’s Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee today.
Low and fixed income residents struggle to pay their water bills, yet existing law deters local agencies from providing these Californians with financial assistance. Senate Bill 1298 (Hertzberg) would allow water agencies to voluntarily set rate structures that provide lifeline rates to qualified customers.
A bill approved by the state Senate on Thursday would clamp down by prohibiting the drilling of most new wells in places where aquifers are in “critical overdraft,” and by requiring cities and counties in other areas to start requiring permits to put checks on the proliferation of wells.
Angie’s eyes filled with tears almost the moment we were introduced. We were standing in the Emmanuel Church parking lot in East Porterville, an unincorporated, impoverished neighborhood in Tulare County, California. If you want to see what happens to a community when its residents don’t have access to the most basic human necessity—clean water—make a trip to East Porterville.
After over two years since the first wells started running dry, East Porterville is now moving swiftly toward a lasting, community-wide drinking water solution. CWC is working closely with all stakeholders to ensure that community members are driving the process.
While not officially passed until June 15th, final decisions on the 2016-17 California Budget are being made by Governor Brown, Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, in the next 48 hours, according to sources. CWC, along with our coalition of drinking water advocate groups, have been pushing on multiple fronts to secure a budget package to advance the human right to water.
Last week, CWC and other advocates spoke at a State Capitol briefing hosted by Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia about challenges California schools face in providing safe drinking water to students and how we can work towards solutions. Assemblymember Garcia introduced the event and talked about his priority bill, AB 2124, which seeks to address school drinking water challenges.
The CWC team has grown! We’re proud to introduce our two newest team members. Jonathan Nelson joins us as Policy Director and Pedro Ramirez joins us as Director of Organizing!