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Next Monday kicks off National Drinking Water Week around the US. Each year we like to use this time to bring new supporters into the water justice movement by sharing community partner stories and resources on the CA drinking water crisis. We will be holding space across our social media channels to lift up community activism happening throughout the state to ensure safe water is accessible to all, as well as providing an inside look at what the CWC team is up to across all of our organizing, policy and communication strategies. On Thursday, May 9th the AGUA Coalition is hosting a celebration in Orosi, which is the perfect way to wrap a week focused on drinking water -- celebrating progress with those that are leading the movement. See more information below!
Make sure you’re following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and tune in next week!
Susana De Anda
MAY 9, 5:30-8 PM. AGUA Celebration at Orosi Memorial Hall (41645 Rd 128, Orosi, CA 93647). The AGUA Coalition is hosting its annual Celebration on May 9th at the Orosi Memorial Hall from 5:30-8:00 PM. This event is happening during National Drinking Water Week, and will be the culmination of a week of educational events on access to safe drinking water in the San Joaquin Valley. At the event, we will have food, music, and a program recognizing the work oAGUA has accomplished in the last 13 years. For more information or to RSVP please call our Visalia Office: 559-733-0219
JULY 27, 4-8 PM. An Evening of Art and Justice at Runnymede Farm. Join us on Saturday, July 27th for our second annual fundraiser featuring a tour of a private collection of sculptures, a lively discussion on drinking water in CA, outdoor dinner and more! RSVP to reserve your spot here.
CWC in the news
Our Valley Voice: Solution identified for East Orosi after 10 years of unsafe water. CWC’s Ryan Jensen sheds light on East Orosi’s drinking water crisis and what is being done to solve it.
See the latest CWC news coverage here.
East Orosi Consolidation Championed by Local Water Board and Community Activists
Last month, the State Water Board held a public hearing at Orosi High School for residents of East Orosi and Orosi to discuss the potential drinking water consolidation between the two communities. CWC has been conducting outreach to residents to provide accurate information and opportunities to engage in the process. This engagement has been key given attempts to spread misinformation and discourage residents from participating from some who do not favor an equitable, fair sharing of power. East Orosi residents made it very clear that they’re ready for a sustainable solution to their drinking water contamination and wastewater crisis and want to have services taken over directly by Orosi Public Utility District (PUD) as soon as possible. The State Water Board is required to present the finding that all voluntary consolidation efforts have been exhausted before moving forward with the order for mandatory consolidation. A clear answer has not been given to frustrated residents on how long they will allow this voluntary process to continue before issuing the mandatory order.
Community Water Center has worked with residents in both Orosi and East Orosi to collect more than 140 signatures on a petition in support of the consolidation. This petition shows the broad public support in both communities for a fair, comprehensive, and long-term solution! Members of the public are highly encouraged to express their opinions about this consolidation by attending and making public comments at meetings of both local water boards in Orosi and East Orosi. Public pressure to move forward with a comprehensive and fair consolidation agreement is key to bringing long-term relief to the community of East Orosi as quickly as possible.
Safe and Affordable Drinking Water for Californians is Within Reach
This summer, we have the chance to make sustainable drinking water solutions accessible to millions of low-income Californians for the first time by passing the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund. Are you ready to join the movement? Sign-up here to receive email alerts when key opportunities to take action are happening! Together, we can make the Human Right to Water a reality for ALL Californians.
Thank you for joining us this April!
Thank you to those who joined us for our briefing on California’s Drinking Water Crisis! A huge thank you to our panelists, Lucy Hernandez, Susana De Anda, Jennifer Clary and Todd Robins for the great conversation, as well as the Brower Center for being a great partner and host! See photos from the evening here and a recording of the full panel discussion here. It was a great evening, prompting important conversations for how new supporters can become involved in the water justice movement.
We also were excited to connect with our Central Coast partners and friends at our Watsonville Open House! A special thank you to Steven Jimenez (center) from Assemblymember Rivas’ office who attended our event and presented the team with a certificate of recognition for the new office. The drinking water challenges in this region are significant, and we are looking forward to working alongside residents, allies and other supporters to advance access to safe and affordable drinking water to those impacted by this crisis.
Support the AGUA Coalition Today
The Peace Development Fund is highlighting the important, ongoing work of the AGUA Coalition this week:
"AGUA represents the inspiring and effective voice of 26 communities with limited access to safe drinking water in California. As low-income and predominantly Latino communities, they speak to the structural and economic disparities that impede their ability to realize their human rights.
AGUA has advocated for the equitable distribution of clean water in times of plenty – and most recently, in ensuring the safety and sufficiency of water in times of drought. They understand the impact of contaminants from factory farms and chemical fertilizers on human health. They effectively communicate the short and long-term implications of lack of access to clean water and the need to preserve our aquifers as part of respecting and protecting the global commons for future generations."
Join us in Woodside, CA on July 27th
Join us July 27th at our upcoming fundraiser in Woodside, An Evening of Art and Justice, featuring a tour of a private collection of sculptures, lively discussion on drinking water in CA, outdoor dinner and more. RSVP to reserve your spot here.
Where: Runnymede Farm
980 Runnymede Rd, Woodside, CA 94062
When: Saturday, July 27th from 4-7 PM
RSVP below. Look forward to seeing you!
Do you want to join our team? CWC is Hiring!
Complete job descriptions and more information on how to apply, please visit: https://www.communitywatercenter.org/careers.
Administrative Assistant - Visalia Office: This position is primarily responsible for providing clerical and program support from the Visalia office. This position reports to the Director of Operations and will also work closely with other CWC personnel, independent contractors, allies and vendors. The Administrative Assistant opportunity can be a part-time or full-time position. If you have any questions, please contact Anavel Valdez-Lupercio at email@example.com.
Community Organizer - Visalia Office: The Community Organizer position is a regular, full-time, exempt employee position that will be primarily responsible for conducting CWC’s organizing and base-building work in communities in the San Joaquin Valley. All employees at CWC are “at will.” This position will report directly to the Director of Organizing and will work closely with other CWC staff, community partners and allies. If you have any questions, please contact Erica Fernandez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Program Associate - Sacramento Office: This position is primarily responsible for providing policy, communications, fund development and other programmatic support based in the Sacramento office, and has room for growth based on candidates’ skills, interests and qualifications.To apply and for more information, please click on the link above.This is a regular, exempt, full-time, salary position. If you have any questions, please contact Kelsey Hinton at email@example.com.
RESOURCES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Do you know if your water is safe to drink? Check out our bilingual Water FAQ page to see what steps you can take to find out what is in the water coming out of your tap.
Funding available for water systems impacted by 1,2,3-TCP. On December 14, 2017, the State Water Board approved an early effective date for the maximum contaminant level (MCL) of contaminant 1,2,3-Trichloropropane (1,2,3-TCP). In order to obtain cost recovery for your impacted system, you need to obtain legal representation in order to sue the responsible parties, Shell and Dow Chemicals, for 1-2-3 TCP contamination. Litigation can take anywhere from a year to 3 or more years, so if you are impacted by 1-2-3 TCP and are in need of financial assistance to come into compliance with the new MCL, there are funding sources at the state available for eligible entities. The primary funding source is the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF), and the Prop 1 Groundwater Grant Fund is also a secondary option to cover instances where the DWSRF doesn’t cover. In order to qualify for state funding sources you will likely be required to show you are initiating efforts to recover costs from the responsible parties. For any questions, contact the State Water Resources Control Board.
Funding for Water and Energy Audits: Application and Instructions. More details on the CWSRF.
THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS SUPPORTERS!
Huge thank you to our monthly donors, whose continual contributions help to sustain our long-term work toward achieving safe, clean and affordable drinking water!
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