Community Water Center

Community-driven water solutions through organizing, education, and advocacy

Kelsey Hinton

published Gifts of Stock in Donate to CWC 2019-09-25 10:07:40 -0700

Gifts of Stock

Information for Stock Transfers to Community Water Center

Updated September 2019

Information for Stock Transfers to Community Water Center

 

Dear Community Water Center Supporter:

Thank you for your interest in donating stock to Community Water Center. The information below will help make for a smooth transfer process. PDF version available here.

 

Since stock transfers typically arrive in our account with little accompanying information, please alert Natalie Garcia-Grazier, Director of Strategic Partnerships, of your gift at natalie.garcia@communitywatercenter.org. 

 

Natalie can also answer any questions you have about the transfer process and provide confirmation of receipt of the stock after the transfer. If you have any questions, you can also reach Natalie at (559) 301-8224. Thank you for supporting Community Water Center and the movement for water justice!

 

Receiving Custodian

Payable: VFTC FBO Community Water Center

DTC #: 0062

Account Name: Community Water Center

Account Number:  29395623

 

Standard Mailing Address: Vanguard, P.O. Box 1110, Valley Forge, PA 19482-1110

 

To do this online or by phone call 877-662-7447. If you’re outside of Vanguard then call your broker to get the process started. 




published April 2019 eNews in Water Blog 2019-05-30 11:32:49 -0700

April 2019 eNews

April 2019

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Dear {{recipient.first_name_or_friend}},

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!

Adelante,
Susana De Anda


UPCOMING EVENTS

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." 

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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!

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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.

Current openings:

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 anavel.lupercio@communitywatercenter.org.

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 erica.fernandez@communitywatercenter.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 kelsey.hinton@communitywatercenter.org.


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!

Amy Helfant, Anavel Valdez, Benigna Hernandez, Bessma Mourad, Bill Walker, Brandon Hill, Bryan Barnhart, Carly Yoshida, Cassie Morgan, David & Idie Weinsoff, Edward Bergtholdt, Ellen Rowe, Frank Lukacs, Jill Ratner, Julian De Anda, Kavita Vora, Kat Wuelfing, Kelsey Hinton, Kristin Dobbin, Leonard Sklar, Nancy Bruce, Natalie Garcia-Grazier, Nimmi Damodaran, Paul Pierce & Patience Milrod, Renata Brillinger, Sandra Hocker, Vicki Woods

If you would like to donate to CWC, please click here!


AGUA Member Josie Nieto Selected as Award Winner for Women’s History Month in Tulare County

Long-time AGUA member and Community Activist Josie Nieto was selected as an award winner for Women’s History Month by Tulare County Supervisor Eddie Valero! She is being honored for her activism, organizing her community towards long-term safe and affordable drinking water solutions. Already this year, she has traveled to Sacramento three times to share how unsafe water impacts her family and urge the CA legislature to secure a sustainable funding solution for this crisis. She is an inspiration to our team, and we are so grateful to work alongside her in the water justice movement!


published Take Action for Safe Water! in Get Involved 2019-03-04 17:18:39 -0800

Take Action for Safe Water!

There are over a million Californians throughout the state who do not have access to safe and affordable drinking water. Contacting your local representatives is the way to show this is an issue that needs to be solved as soon as possible. Find resources and learn more about the facts and proposed solutions for California's water crisis.


published February 2019 eNews in Water Blog 2019-03-01 15:17:55 -0800

February 2019 eNews

February 2019

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Dear Friend,

Yesterday, CWC’s Co-Founder and my Co-Director Laurel Firestone was appointed to the State Water Resources Control Board. She will serve as a member of the board for the next four years. Although we are sad to have her leave CWC in her official capacity, we know that her dedication to environmental justice will be an excellent addition to this statewide decision making body. Laurel will continue in la lucha for safe and affordable drinking water for ALL, alongside our communities and the CWC familia.

I have now stepped into my new role as Executive Director of Community Water Center and could not be more excited for what’s to come both for the Center and for water justice in California.

Adelante,
Susana

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CWC in the news

Politifact: TRUE: ‘More than a million Californians’ don’t have clean drinking water … It could be higher. Read this story for a overview of where the one million statistic comes from and why experts believe it to be an underestimate for those without safe water in CA.

Sacramento Bee: Californians with bad water ask for help while opposition mounts to Newsom’s proposed tax. SJV community members traveled to Sacramento to attend an informational hearing on the state’s drinking water crisis, where Susana was asked to serve as an expert witness.

Peak Design: Southern Sierra Activism - The locals protecting California air, land, and water. Private well owner and AGUA member Cristobal Chavez is featured.

See the latest CWC news coverage here.

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First central coast cbo formed!


Last Friday, community residents in Northern Monterey County of Bluff, Jensen and Springfield roads came together to form the first community based organization (CBO) in the Central Coast! CBOs provide community residents impacted by lack of safe water a structure to meet regularly and strategize for long-term solutions for their families. The Comité para tener agua sana, limpia, y economica (Committee for Safe, Clean and Affordable Water) will work to ensure that all homes and schools have access to safe, clean, and affordable drinking water. The Comité will focus their organizing on solutions for water contamination in their communities including nitrate levels found at six times the legal limit and other contaminants like 1,2,3 TCP and Chrom-6. They are already organizing around the local elementary school, working to obtain safe bottled water for all students and staff.

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Fight for Safe and Affordable Water Continues

Discussions around solving California’s drinking water crisis continued in February both at the state Capitol and the US Capitol.

On February 6th, San Joaquin Valley residents shared their experience with unsafe water at an informational hearing on the state’s drinking water crisis and ways to solve it. Susana served as an expert witness at the hearing, alongside Department of Natural Resources Secretary Wade Crawfoot, and State Water Resources Control Board Chair Joaquin Esquival.


Later in the month, CWC’s Policy Director Jonathan Nelson traveled to Washington D.C. to inform Congress on California’s drinking water crisis and what solutions are needed  with the US House of Representatives Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife. See video of his testimony here!

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Join us in Berkeley on April 3rd!

In partnership with the Sierra Club of California and the David Brower Center, we are hosting a free educational event on California’s drinking water crisis. Join us for an insightful discussion with a panel of experts on this issue and how we can solve it together. A reception with food and drink to follow!

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If your organization is interested in sponsoring this event, please see our sponsorship opportunities here and email Natalie Garcia-Grazier, our Director of Strategic Partnerships. All sponsors receive complimentary tickets to the event and their logo on event materials!

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5th Annual Water Justice Leadership Awards

Thank you to everyone who came out last week to join us in honoring three water justice champions for their dedication to safe and affordable water for all! We had a blast connecting with community members, ally partners, supporters and government officials at Mayahuel. See pictures from the event here!

A special thank you to our Premier Water Justice Sponsors California Water Service and Robins Borghei, LLC as well as the rest of our 2019 WJLA sponsors! This event would not be possible without all of you and you helped raise more than $50,000 for the movement for water justice!

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Help us Design our New Website!


CWC is currently conducting a website redesign this year. It's been around four years since we designed our current site here. We would like to develop a website that has a simpler, cleaner design and that also has content created specifically in Spanish/English for our community partners’ advocacy and organizing work.

To prepare for the update, we are asking key stakeholders. like you, to complete a 3 minute survey to get feedback on our current site and what you would like to see in a redesign. See the survey here. We really appreciate you taking the time to give us feedback on this redesign!

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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.

Current openings:

Legal Fellow - With support from California ChangeLawyers, CWC is looking for a full-time, year-long Legal Fellow to provide legal assistance to communities without safe water and local water board members; create and update resources for community members and legal practitioners regarding drinking water governance and advocacy; and provide legal and advocacy support for other CWC programs as needed. This position will be based in CWC’s headquarters in Visalia, California. The Legal Fellow will also work with the UC Davis School of Law Aoki Water Justice Clinic to create materials that can be used by water board members and service providers that train and assist local water boards. If you have any questions, please contact Debi Ores at deborah.ores@communitywatercenter.org.

Program Associate - Sacramento Office
The Program Associate is primarily responsible for providing organizational,  communications, fund development and other programmatic support based in the Sacramento office. This position reports to the Communications Manager and will also work closely with the Director of Strategic Partnerships, other CWC personnel, independent contractors, allies and vendors. This is a regular, exempt, full-time, salary position. If you have any questions, please contact Kelsey Hinton at kelsey.hinton@communitywatercenter.org.


Program Associate - Visalia Office
The Program Associate 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 Program Associate opportunity can be a part-time or full-time position.  If you have any questions, please contact Anavel Valdez-Lupercio at anavel.lupercio@communitywatercenter.org.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

MAR 6, 9 AM-3 PM. Equity on the Mall. California State Capitol (1315 10th St, Sacramento, CA 95814). Thousands of San Joaquin Valley residents will travel to Sacramento next week to advocate for healthier and more equitable communities. Please contact Erica Fernandez at (559) 733-0219 or erica.fernandez@communitywatercenter.org for more information.

MAR 11, 5-7 PM. AGUA Coalition Meeting. CWC Visalia Office, 900 W. Oak Ave., Visalia, CA 93291. Please contact Karina Gallardo at (559) 733-0219 or karina.gallardo@communitywatercenter.org for more information.

MAR 12, 5:30-7:30 PM. Terra Bella Eastern Tule Groundwater Sustainability Agency Community Workshop. Veterans Memorial Building (23941 Avenue 95 Terra Bella, California 93270). Please contact Ryan Jensen at (559) 733-0219 or ryan.jensen@communitywatercenter.org for more information.

MAR 26, 5:30-7:30 PM. Porterville Eastern Tule Groundwater Sustainability Agency Community Workshop. Comision Honorifica Mexicana Americana (CHMA) (466 E. Putnam Avenue Porterville, California 93257). Please contact Ryan Jensen at (559) 733-0219 or ryan.jensen@communitywatercenter.org for more information.

APR 3, 6-9 PM. Brower Center Educational Event (2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704). This free event will provide an overview of California’s drinking water crisis impacting more than one million people. This event is in response to feedback from Californians from all parts of the state who said that they don’t know that contaminated drinking water was an issue in California. RSVP here.

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RESOURCES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • $9.5 Million Available for Drinking Water in Schools which may be used to install water bottle filling stations or drinking water fountains, and for interim water supplies and treatment devices for schools where contamination is an issue. If your school or district is interested in learning more about this exciting new opportunity to improve student access to safe drinking water you can access the guidelines and application here or contact Kim Hanagan, State Water Resources Control Board at (916) 323-0624. The application deadline for the grant program is March 1, 2019.
  • Rural Community Assistance Corporation was selected by the State Water Resources Control Board to provide technical assistance during the grant application and implementation period. Contact them at agua4all@rcac.org for more information.

  • 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.

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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!

Amy Helfant, Anavel Valdez, Benigna Hernandez, Bill Walker, Brandon Hill, Bryan Barnhart, Carly Yoshida, Cassie Morgan, David & Idie Weinsoff, Edward Bergtholdt, Ellen Rowe, Frank Lukacs, Jill Ratner, Julian De Anda, Kavita Vora, Kat Wuelfing, Kelsey Hinton, Kristin Dobbin,

Leonard Sklar, Nancy Bruce, Natalie Garcia-Grazier, Nimmi Damodaran, Paul Pierce & Patience Milrod, Renata Brillinger, Sandra Hocker, Vicki Woods

And thank you to our generous donors for the month of January!

Bharath Kumar, Geoff Eisenberg, Jennifer Harder, Justin Malan, Max Gomberg, Nikki Paschal, Paul Boyer,  Sister Jean Schafer, Tina Leahy

If you would like to donate to CWC, please click here!


Governor Newsom Appoints CWC’s Laurel Firestone to State Water Board

For Immediate Release

Contact: Kelsey Hinton, 765-729-1674

February 12, 2019

 

SACRAMENTO/VISALIA/WATSONVILLE -- We are thrilled to announce that Community Water Center’s Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director Laurel Firestone was appointed today by Governor Gavin Newsom as a Board Member of the State Water Resources Control Board. The Board has broad regulatory oversight and administers significant funding resources impacting California’s water, including access to safe and affordable drinking water.

Statement from Laurel Firestone

In 2006, Susana De Anda and I started the Community Water Center based on a simple idea: that access to safe drinking water is a basic human right. Since then we have worked alongside thousands of local community members and have achieved real progress. But it will take the continued efforts of CWC and community leaders in order to finally secure the California promise of safe, clean, affordable drinking water for all. I accept the Governor's appointment to the State Water Board knowing that CWC is stronger than ever, and I remain committed to working together as part of the movement for water justice.

Statement from Susana De Anda

Laurel has been a champion for the Human Right to Water since the founding of the Center. I know she will continue to be a champion at the State Water Board. Thanks to over a decade of community leadership, the movement for water justice is strong. But the fight for safe drinking water remains urgent. CWC will continue this year to lead alongside community partners to end our state's drinking water crisis which impacts more than 1 million Californians each year, through passage of the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund. CWC will continue to advocate for protection of groundwater and lift up the needs of communities on the frontline. CWC will continue to organize and build community-centered leadership from the ground up. This is a victory for the community -- today we celebrate Laurel’s appointment, tomorrow the fight for water justice continues.

Statement from Bessma Mourad -- President of the Center’s Board of Directors

Today’s appointment of Laurel Firestone is a reflection of the leadership and impact of the Community Water Center. CWC is a strong organization with a smart, dedicated staff and has relationships within communities impacted by unsafe water going back more than a decade. Led by Co-Founder Susana De Anda and supported by CWC’s leadership team, we are confident that CWC will continue to be at the forefront in the fight for water justice. We congratulate Laurel and look forward to this new chapter in her leadership and impact.

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Community Water Center (CWC) was founded in 2006 as a community-based organization that believes all communities should have access to clean, safe, and affordable water. CWC works as a catalyst for community-driven water solutions through organizing, education, and advocacy in California. For more information, visit www.communitywatercenter.org.

 


Inauguration of Gavin Newsom is an Opportunity for California to Finally Attain Human Right to Safe, Affordable Drinking Water

SAFE AND AFFORDABLE DRINKING WATER FUND COALITION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 7, 2019

CONTACT: Mike Roth, 916-444-7170

 

INAUGURATION OF GAVIN NEWSOM IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR  
CALIFORNIA TO FINALLY ATTAIN HUMAN RIGHT TO SAFE, AFFORDABLE DRINKING WATER 

Sacramento, CA – Today the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund Coalition released the following statement from Dan Howells, California State Director of Clean Water Action, on the inauguration of Gavin Newsom as Governor of California: 

“Governor Gavin Newsom takes office at a time when California’s moral leadership and unparalleled potential are clouded by our failure to deliver the essential human right of safe and affordable drinking water to one million Californians.  

“The fact that communities of color face the highest risk from unsafe water is a situation Governor Newsom recently and strongly declared is ‘unbecoming of who we are and what we stand for.’   Representing a broad coalition of community water advocates and economic justice groups, we stand ready and willing with proven solutions. What is needed to implement those solutions – indeed, what is long overdue – is a permanent funding commitment from the state towards providing universal access to safe drinking water.

“Seven years after California declared access to safe and affordable drinking water is a human right, 2019 must be the year we meet this mandate and Governor Newsom’s challenge, ‘We own this, we’ve got to fix this.’ We look forward to working with the Governor and new Legislature to make the right to safe taps and school drinking fountains a reality.” 

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published Media in About us 2018-10-30 15:42:52 -0700

Media

 

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Newsom Establishes Long- Term Safe And Affordable Drinking Water Fund

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News Media

Monterey County Community Organizes For Clean Tap Water

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Radio Bilingue Interview with Susana De Anda

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Guest Column: Cal Water Investing In Infrastructure, Water Quality Projects

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Groundwater Markets Pose A Risk To Communities On Wells Or Small Water Systems

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Why Fighting For Clean Water With Climate Change Money Worries Some California Lawmakers

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North County Residents Rail Against Newly Approved Rural Water Treatment Program

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Progress In The Fight For Safe Drinking Water

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California Looks To Clean Air Funds To Pay For Clean Drinking Water

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Water Strike Demonstration

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With Updated Budget, Safe Drinking Water Fund Inches Closer To Reality

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Exigen Agua Limpia

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A Civil Rights Hero Focuses On A New Fight At The Capitol: Clean Drinking Water

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California Lawmakers Agree To Tap $130M Of Clean-Air Funding To Pay For Drinking Water

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Push for Clean Water

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‘We Couldn’t Even Take Showers’: Californians With Unsafe Drinking Water Appeal For Fixes

June 5, 2019

A Long-Awaited Bill To Fund Drinking Water Systems In Rural Areas Faces Decision Time

May 30, 2019

Dolores Huerta Condemns 'Toxic Taps,' Supports Proposed Water Tax At Valley Rally

May 29, 2019

Huerta, Local Leaders Urge Lawmakers To Support Clean Drinking Water Fund To Be Paid For Through Tax

May 28, 2019

Monterey County Leaders Rally Support For State Safe Drinking Water Fund

May 24, 2019

‘Clean Water Flows Toward Power And Money': Why More Than One Million Californians Are Exposed To Unsafe Water Every Year

May 22, 2019

Council Approves Several Resolutions Of Support Tuesday Evening

May 10, 2019

Solution Identified For East Orosi After 10 Years Of Unsafe Water

April 24, 2019

210 Connect Looks At Drought's Lingering Impacts In The Central Valley

April 6, 2019

Governor Newsom's Clean Water Tax A 'Moral Imperative' To Some, A Burden To Others

March 26, 2019

California water tax: Mixed reactions in Valley over proposal

March 21, 2019

Despite Unity of Purpose, Familiar Schisms Appear As California Lawmakers Rekindle Clean Water Funding Debate

February 7, 2019

CALIFORNIA OFFICIALS DRAFT A $600M PLAN TO HELP LOW-INCOME HOUSEHOLDS ABSORB RISING WATER BILLS

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Assembly Hearing Addresses Unsafe Drinking Water Issues

February 6, 2019

California Water Projects Would Get Boost Under Budget Fund

January 22, 2019

California’s unfulfilled promise on access to safe water

January 12, 2019

Valley town with bad wells gets ‘surprise’ visit from Gov. Newsom — who wants tax on water

January 11, 2019

Gavin Newsom budget calls for drinking water tax to help poor communities

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Monterey County declares "human right" to water

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Toxic taps abound in rural Tulare County, failed water bond brings no relief

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East Orosi families discuss plans to connect to clean water for the first time in a decade

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Proposition 3 will pay for a multitude of water needs

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Californians Need Safe Drinking Water Now

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Undrinkable water in California’s Central Valley

August 28, 2018

This time, a state water bond has real money intended to benefit the Valley

August 24, 2018

My turn: Clean water for all, at $1 a month

August 24, 2018

Vidak Urges Passage of Revised Drinking Water Bill

August 23, 2018

California cannot wait on clean drinking water crisis. Speaker Rendon, let legislators vote

August 23, 2018

Seville and Yettem’s Measure Y would form sewer and water district, represent a shift from county control toward self governance

August 22, 2018

Report concludes city water safe to drink

August 21, 2018

Sacramento: Acceso a agua potable

August 21, 2018

California Lawmakers Eye Voluntary Tax To Pay For Central Valley Water Contamination

August 20, 2018

Tax on California water revived to clean up drinking water – but it’s voluntary

August 17, 2018

To Pay For 1,2,3-TCP Cleanup, A Viable Strategy: Sue

August 14, 2018

Sinking land, poisoned water: the dark side of California's mega farms

July 18, 2018

Vexed by salt and nitrates in central valley groundwater, regulators turn to unusual coalition for solutions

July 13, 2018

Californians with Unsafe Tap Water may See Relief with Budget Trailer Bill

June 14, 2018


 


published San Diego Student Highlights Susana in Water Blog 2018-10-29 15:29:50 -0700

San Diego Student Highlights Susana

Martha, a student at High Tech Elementary in San Diego, was inspired by learning that people around the world don’t have access to clean water. As a class project, she was assigned to write about someone she sees as a revolutionary. Choosing to focus on California’s drinking water fight, she chose to highlight CWC’s Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director Susana De Anda for her role in the water justice movement. See her short story on Susana below!

 


published Julio 2018 eNews in Water Blog 2018-07-31 16:52:27 -0700

Julio 2018 eNews

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Estimado,

¿Está buscando una manera de ser parte del movimiento por la justicia del agua? Una manera de involucrarse es ser parte de la mesa directiva del agua en su comunidad. Los sistemas públicos del agua que se encuentran en las comunidades a lo largo del estado, se administran y dirigen por la mesa local del agua que es a su vez elegida de manera democrática. De hecho, en los condados de Fresno, Tulare, Kings y Kern tienen más de 109 mesas locales del agua cada uno - y en su mayoría no tienen elecciones debido a la falta de candidatos por los últimos cuatro años. Esta es una excelente oportunidad para involucrarse directamente y asegurar que el agua es un Derecho Humano en California.

¡Otra manera de apoyar para tener agua sana y limpia, sólo le tomará menos de cinco minutos! Llame a su legislador el día de hoy y dígale que le dé prioridad a encontrar una solución a la crisis del agua potable en el estado durante esta sesión legislativa.

¡Juntos podremos asegurar que TODOS los californianos tengan acceso al agua sana, limpia y económica!

¡Adelante!

Susana y Laurel

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Llene su solicitud para postularse a candidato para la mesa local del agua antes del 10 de agosto

 

Cientos de residentes en comunidades no incorporadas reciben agua de las mesas locales del agua que son elegidas públicamente y dirigidas por los propios residentes. Existen diferentes tipos de agencias locales del agua que administran el agua, como los Distritos de Servicios Comunitarios, el Distrito de Servicios Públicos, los Distritos de Riego, entre otros. Estas agencias locales del agua cuentan con una mesa directiva que por lo general está conformada por cinco miembros de la comunidad durante cuatro años. Los miembros de la mesa directiva son los responsables de planificar, financiar, y supervisar los proyectos para garantizar agua potable, establecer justas tarifas para el agua, y convocar a reuniones públicas para la comunidad.

Si usted está interesado en hacer un cambio en su comunidad, siendo parte de su mesa local del agua, usted sólo tiene que seguir dos sencillos pasos para empezar el proceso:

1) Comuníquese con la Oficina Electoral Local del Condado para verificar que su domicilio donde está registrado para votar le permita ser candidato para la Mesa Directiva del Agua al que se quiere postular.

2) Vaya a la Oficina Electoral del Condado para recoger la forma sobre la Declaración del Candidato y otros documentos necesarios para postularse. Usted tendrá que firmar los documentos en persona, en la Oficina Electoral del Condado, bajo la supervisión del Secretario Electoral del Condado.

Todos los documentos tendrán que ser entregados entre el 16 de julio al 10 de agosto para poder aparecer en las boletas electorales.

Para más información sobre las elecciones de su mesa local del agua y para saber más sobre cómo postularse a candidato de la mesa del agua revise nuestra información o comuníquese con Adriana Rentería al (559) 733-0219 o adriana.renteria@communitywatercenter.org

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Fondo Económico Para Tener Agua Sana, Limpia y Económica

El Derecho Humano por el Agua no podrá ser una realidad en California hasta que exista un fondo económico permanente y disponible para asegurar que todas las familias tengan agua limpia, tanto ahora como con las generaciones futuras. Por varias semanas, hemos trabajado de cerca con la oficina del gobernador y con los legisladores para continuar trabajando en esta histórica campaña en apoyo al Fondo Económico Para Tener Agua Sana, Limpia y Económica.

Durante el receso legislativo del verano, los legisladores estuvieron en sus distritos platicando con su comunidad y prestando atención sobre los asuntos que más les interesa a sus ciudadanos. Necesitamos SU AYUDA para pasar la voz a sus amigos y familiares, y decirles que no podemos esperar otro año más para darle una solución a la crisis del agua potable, y que este tema es una prioridad para usted.

¿Le gustaría compartir el mensaje de abajo en su red de Facebook y Twitter?

Muestra para publicar en Facebook:

Más de 300 comunidades y un millón de californianos están expuestos a tomar agua de la llave contaminada en sus casas, escuelas y en comunidades cada año. Esta crisis ha durado demasiado tiempo, y finalmente tenemos la oportunidad de resolverla. Conozca más sobre el Fondo Económico Para Tener Agua Sana, Limpia y Económica y sobre cómo involucrarse en éste movimiento para que TODOS los californianos tengan agua sana, limpia y económica, visite: www.queremosagualimpia.org

Muestra para publicar en Twitter:

Más de un millón de californianos están expuestos al agua potable contaminada. Esta crisis ha durado demasiado tiempo, y finalmente tenemos la oportunidad de resolverla. Conozca más sobre el Fondo Económico Para Tener Agua Sana, Limpia y Económica en: www.queremosagualimpia.org #NoToxicTaps

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La prueba del 1,2,3 TCP

El mapa muestra los pozos de los sistemas de agua que exceden el Nivel Máximo del Contaminante 1,2,3-TCP en el primer trimestre del 2018

El 1,2,3-tricloropropano (1,2,3-TCP) es un producto químico cancerígeno que fue creado por el hombre fue agregado innecesariamente a un fumigante utilizado en la agricultura durante muchas décadas. Los humanos están expuestos a través del consumo de agua contaminada o incluso al inhalar el vapor contaminado. En 1992, el estado de California reconoció el 1,2,3-TCP como un químico que causa cáncer y que está presente en el agua potable, pero no tomó ninguna medida hasta que el Centro Comunitario por el Agua y sus aliados abogaron por establecer un estándar al contaminante. Sino existiera ese estándar de medición, las empresas que ofrecen este servicio público no tendrían que hacer una prueba para identificar el producto químico, filtrarlo o incluso notificar a sus clientes si está presente en su agua potable. El 14 de diciembre del 2017, la Mesa de Control de Recursos Hídricos de California adoptó un Nivel Máximo del Contaminante (MCL, por sus siglas en inglés) para 1,2,3-TCP de 5 partes por trillón, siendo el nivel mínimo que este químico puede ser detectado con la actual tecnología para realizar la prueba, a este resultado se le conoce como el nivel de detección. Un estándar tan estricto refleja el reconocimiento del estado de la toxicidad del 1,2,3-TCP.

Ahora se requiere que los sistemas públicos de agua prueben mensualmente el 1,2,3-TCP en sus fuentes de agua potable. El muestreo comenzó en enero del 2018, y los primeros resultados trimestrales son alarmantes: 388 fuentes de agua potable superaron el nivel de detección de 1,2,3-TCP durante el primer trimestre del 2018. De éstas, 253 sistemas de agua potable contaminados por 1,2,3-TC siguen en uso y sin tratamiento alguno. Las zonas afectadas abarcan todo el estado, desde el Condado Del Norte hasta el Condado de San Diego, pero principalmente se concentra en el Valle de San Joaquín. El informe del primer trimestre de la Mesa Estatal del Agua reconoce una clara correlación entre la ubicación de las fuentes de agua potable que exceden el Nivel Máximo del Contaminante 1,2,3-TCP con las áreas agrícolas / industriales.

Si usted es propietario de un pozo privado y se encuentra cerca de la áreas que señala el mapa, sería de gran ayuda que mandara a analizar el agua de su pozo. Para más información comuníquese con Debi Ores al 916-706-3346 o deborah.ores@communitywatercenter.org

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¡Tenemos dos nuevos miembros en el equipo del Centro!

¡Estamos emocionados de dar la bienvenida a Heather Lukacs a nuestro equipo del Centro en este mes! Heather Lukacs regresa al Centro como nuestra Directora de Soluciones Comunitarias. Anteriormente, Heather era la Directora de Proyectos del Centro y dirigió los proyectos de soluciones provisionales para enfrentar los desafíos del agua potable en el Valle de San Joaquín, incluyendo la campaña “Agua4All”, colaboró con escuelas, parques y edificios para ayudarles a tener acceso al agua sana, limpia y económica en el Sur del Condado de Kern, así como el desarrollo y la implementación de un programa de pruebas a los propietarios de pozos privados en la comunidad.

También estamos emocionados de tener a María Rivera en nuestra oficina de Sacramento como nuestra nueva Asociada de Programación y  Administración. Tanto sus habilidades como su pasión por asegurar que todos los californianos tengan agua sana y económica las hacen una excelente opción para ayudarnos a seguir aumentando nuestra capacidad de trabajo en pro de la justicia del agua.

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¡Algunas noticias de interés!

El periódico Los Angeles Times en su excelente editorial destaca por qué aprobar el Fondo de Agua Para Tener Agua Sana, Limpia y Económica del Gobernador es una tarea fácil para California. Para leer más visite: California, the world's fifth-largest economy, has a Third World drinking water problem

Léo Heller, relator especial de las Naciones Unidas sobre el derecho humano al agua y saneamiento, pide a la legislatura que pase el Fondo Económico Para Tener Agua Sana, Limpia y Económica del gobernador en un artículo de opinión en Water Deeply. Para saber más visite: Time for California to Deliver on the Human Right to Water

El periódico La Opinión publicó el artículo titulado:  Más de un millón vive sin agua limpia donde Dolores Huerta es la autora de un artículo de opinión sobre por qué los legisladores deben pasar el Fondo Económico Para Tener Agua Sana, Limpia y Económica.

Coberturas sobre el trabajo del Centro. El trabajo del Centro Comunitario por el Agua se ha promovido en diferentes medios de comunicación como Telemundo, Sacramento Bee, Univision, Los Angeles Times y otros medios recientemente. ¡Revise nuestra página en facebook para estar al día de nuestro trabajo!

Durante el año pasado nuestra becaria Charlotte, entrevistó a doce residentes de diferentes comunidades del Valle de San Joaquín que se han enfrentado con tener acceso al agua sana, limpia y económica para sus familias. Aquí puede ver sus historias.

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Nuestros Próximos Eventos

31 de julio, 6:30 a 8:00 pm. Junta Comunitaria en el Norte del Condado de Tulare.  Orosi Memorial Hall (41645 Rd 128, Orosi, CA). Estaremos dando información actualizada acerca de la Alianza Regional Del Agua En El Norte Del Condado De Tulare y los planes de la nueva agencia del agua, y cómo ser parte de este proyecto. Para más información comuníquese con: Ryan Jensen al 559-733-0219 o mande un correo elecrónico a: ryan.jensen@communitywatercenter.org

17 de agosto, 6:00 a 8:00 pm. Junta Comunitaria de “Porterville Unido por la Justicia”. Escuela Primaria Doyle (1045 E Orange Ave, Porterville, CA). Estaremos dando información sobre cómo leer su Reporte de Confianza al Consumidor y actualizaciones sobre “Porterville Unido por la Justicia”. Para más información comuníquese con: Karina Gallardo al 559-733-0219.

16 de julio - 10 agosto. Registro para Postularse como Candidato a la Mesa Local del Agua. Envíe los documentos apropiados a su condado dentro de la fecha límite para postularse a la mesa del agua en el mes de noviembre. Si tiene preguntas, revise la información sobre cómo postularse en la mesa del agua o comuníquese con Adriana Rentería adriana.renteria@communitywatercenter.org o (559) 733-0219.

11 de octubre, 5:30 a 8:00 pm. Celebración Anual en Visalia. Café 210 (210 West Center Avenue, Visalia, CA). ¡Aparte este día para celebrar con el Centro en Visalia! Daremos detalles más adelante.

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¡Información y Anuncios Relevantes Para Su Comunidad!

Existen $ 9.5 millones disponibles para que las escuelas cuenten con agua potable. La Mesa del Control de Recursos Hídricos del Estado de California cuenta con $ 9.5 millones de dólares en fondos disponibles para las escuelas que no cuentan con agua potable y limpia. Las escuelas tienen hasta el 30 de junio para solicitar estos fondos, especialmente para las Agencias de Educación Locales que brindan servicios a comunidades de bajos ingresos y que cuentan con una población de menos de 20,000 estudiantes incluyendo las escuelas que imparten clases desde el Kinder hasta el 12o. grado, así como el nivel preescolar y guarderías que se encuentran dentro de la propiedad de la escuela. Para más información sobre la solicitud y requisitos dé un click aquí o mande un correo electrónico a agua4all@rcac.org

Si usted está afectado por tener el contaminante 1,2,3 TCP en su agua, ¡Ya existen fondos para apoyarlo!. El 14 de diciembre de 2017, la Mesa Estatal del Agua aprobó que ya entrara en vigor el nivel máximo de contaminantes (MCL, por sus siglas en inglés) establecido para el contaminante 1,2,3-Trichloropropane (1,2,3-TCP). Para que usted recupere los costos de su sistema de agua afectada, usted necesita obtener representación legal para demandar a las partes responsables (Shell y Dow Chemicals), por la contaminación del 1-2-3 del TCP. Los litigios pueden demorar entre un año y tres o más, por lo tanto, si se ve afectado por 1-2-3 TCP y necesita asistencia financiera para cumplir con el nuevo MCL, existe un fondo económico que está ofreciendo el estado para las entidades elegibles. La principal fuente de financiación es el Fondo Rotativo Estatal del Agua Potable (DWSRF, por sus siglas en inglés), y el Fondo de Subvención de Agua Subterránea de la Proposición 1 que también puede ser otra opción para cubrir costos que el DWSRF no cubre. Para mayor información comuníquese con la Mesa Estatal de Control de Recursos Hídricos.

¿Usted sabe si el agua que consume está libre de contaminantes? Lo invitamos a que revise nuestra página de internet y lea sobre la preguntas más frecuentes para saber cuáles son los pasos para saber la calidad del agua que consume en su casa.

Lo invitamos a que revise el boletín de la Oficina “Sustainable Water Solutions” que está disponible en inglés y en español. El Centro Comunitario por el Agua trabajó arduamente para abogar por la creación de esta oficina que promueve soluciones permanentes y sostenibles para tener agua potable en las comunidades que están en desventaja.

 

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¡Le queremos dar las gracias a nuestros generosos contribuyentes!

¡Muchísimas gracias a aquellos que donan cada mes, cuyas contribuciones continúan ayudando a mantener nuestro trabajo a largo plazo para que tengamos agua sana, limpia y económica!

Amy Helfant, Anavel Valdez, Benigna Hernandez, Bill Walker, Brad Coffey, Bryan Barnhart, Carly Yoshida, Cassie Morgan, Edward Bergtholdt, Jill Ratner, Kavita Vora, Kelsey Hinton, Leonard Sklar, Nancy Bruce, Natalie Garcia, Nimmi Damodaran, Paul Pierce, Renata Brillinger

¡Y gracias a nuestros generosos donantes del mes de Junio!

Bonnie Goldstein, Colleen Reid, Diana Gonz, Dieter Rutzen, Jacques Vroom, Joya Banerjee, Julie Mersch, Lisa Brown, Peter y Carole Clum

Si quiere dar una donación al Centro Comunitario por el Agua, por favor haga click aquí.


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July 2018 eNews

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Dear Friend,

Looking for a way to get involved in the water justice movement? One way to support local drinking water solutions is to run for election to your local water board. Water supplies in many communities throughout the state are managed and distributed by democratically elected local water boards. In fact, in Fresno, Tulare, Kings and Kern counties alone, there are over 109 local water boards -- the majority of which have not held an election due to lack of candidates the last four years. This is an excellent way to be directly involved in ensuring the Human Right to Water is a reality in California.

Another way to take action for safe water requires less than five minutes! Call your California legislators today and let them know you want them to prioritize a solution to the state’s drinking water crisis this legislative session.

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File to run in your local water board election by August 10th

Hundreds of residents in unincorporated communities are served water by publicly-elected local water boards.There are many types of local water agencies that manage water, such as Community Services Districts, Public Utilities District, Irrigation Districts, and more. These local water boards typically have five board members that each serve on the board for four year terms. Board members are responsible for overseeing planning, funding, and project implementation to secure safe drinking water, setting fair water rates, and holding public meetings for the community.

If you are interested in making a change in your community by serving on your local water board, there are two easy steps to start the process:

1) Contact your local county elections office to verify that the address where you are registered to vote is within the district you are running for.

2) Go to your county’s elections office to sign the candidacy forms in-person under the supervision of the county elections office clerk.

All paperwork must be submitted between the dates of July 16th--August 10th in order to be on the ballot for the election. To learn more about your local water board election and to help additional information on how to run, check out our resource page here or contact Adriana Renteria at (559) 733-0219 or adriana.renteria@communitywatercenter.org who will help you through the process.

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Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund

The Human Right to Water will not be achieved in California until a permanent source of funding is available to ensure that all families have clean water, both now, and for future generations. Over the past few weeks, we have been working closely with the Governor's office and the legislature to continue this historic campaign to pass the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund.

As the legislature's summer recess gets into full swing, legislators are back in their districts, paying attention to the issues that voters care about and bring to their attention. We need YOUR help in continuing to spread the message to your friends and family that we can't wait another year for a solution to this drinking water crisis and that this issue is a priority for you.

Will you share the posts below on Facebook and Twitter?

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More than 300 communities and one million Californians are exposed to polluted drinking water coming out of the taps in their homes, schools, and communities each year. This crisis has gone on for too long, and we finally have the chance to solve it. Learn more about the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund and how you can get involved in the movement for safe, clean and affordable water for ALL Californians: www.fundsafewaterca.org

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More than 1 million Californians are exposed to polluted drinking water each year. This crisis has gone on for too long, and we finally have the chance to solve it. Learn more about the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund: www.fundsafewaterca.org #NoToxicTaps

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1,2,3 - TCP

1,2,3-trichloropropane (1,2,3-TCP) is a man-made carcinogenic chemical that was added unnecessarily to a fumigant used in agriculture for many decades. Humans are exposed through ingestion of contaminated water or even by breathing in contaminated steam. The State of California recognized 1,2,3-TCP as a cancer-causing chemical present in drinking water in 1992, but took no action until Community Water Center and allies advocated for an enforceable standard. Without such a standard, public utilities didn’t have to test for the chemical, filter it out, or even advise their customers if it was in the water. On December 14, 2017, the California Water Resources Control Board adopted a Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) for 1,2,3-TCP of 5 parts per trillion, the minimum level that this chemical can be detected with current testing technology, known as the detection level. Such a stringent standard reflects the state’s recognition of 1,2,3-TCP’s toxicity.

Public water systems are now required to test monthly for 1,2,3-TCP in their drinking water sources. Sampling began in January 2018, and the first quarterly results are alarming--388 drinking water sources exceeded the 1,2,3-TCP detection level during the first quarter of 2018. Of these, 253 contaminated drinking water systems remain in use and untreated for 1,2,3-TCP. Sites range throughout the state, from Del Norte County to San Diego County, but they are concentrated in the San Joaquin Valley. The State Water Board’s first quarter report acknowledges a clear correlation between the location of the drinking water sources that exceed the 1,2,3-TCP MCL and agricultural/industrial areas.

If you use a private well near one of the identified areas on the map, it is a good idea to get your water tested. For more information about 1,2,3-TCP contact Debi Ores at 916-706-3346 or deborah.ores@communitywatercenter.org.

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Two new staff members join the CWC team!

We are excited to welcome Heather Lukacs, PhD to the CWC team this month! Heather Lukacs returns to the Center as our Director of Community Solutions. Previously, Heather was a CWC Project Director and led CWC’s interim solution projects to address drinking water challenges in the San Joaquin Valley including the Agua4All campaign, a partnership to bring safe and affordable drinking water to schools, parks, and community buildings in South Kern County, as well as the development and implementation of a community-based private well testing program.

We are also excited to have Maria Rivera join us as our new Program Associate in the Sacramento office. Both her skills and her passion for ensuring all Californians have safe and affordable water make her an excellent fit to help us to continue to grow our capacity for water justice work.

The CWC team in both our Visalia and Sacramento offices are also looking for interns to join us this fall! Our fast-paced internships allow students to learn first hand what environmental justice work entails, with a focus on organizing, communications or data entry -- depending on the position. If interested, please send your resume and a letter of interest to Kelsey at kelsey.hinton@communitywatercenter.org.

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: RECENT WATER JUSTICE NEWS

Los Angeles Times: California, the world's fifth-largest economy, has a Third World drinking water problem. Excellent editorial by the Los Angeles Times, which highlights why passing the Governor’s Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund is a no-brainer for California.

San Francisco Chronicle: Clean water left unfunded in California budget. The SF Chronicle editorial board wrote: "California has long recognized the problem. Now it needs to take serious steps to solve it."

La Opinión: Más de un millón vive sin agua limpia. Dolores Huerta took the time to author a powerful op-ed on why the legislature must pass the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund!

News Deeply: Time for California to Deliver on the Human Right to Water. Léo Heller, the United Nations special rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, urges the legislature to pass the Governor’s Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund in this op-ed for Water Deeply.

CWC'S RECENT NEWS COVERAGE. CWC's work has been featured in Telemundo, The Sacramento Bee, Univision, the Los Angeles Times and many other outlets recently. Check out our blog to stay up to date!

Be sure to check out our Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Stories blog. Over the past year, our fellow Charlotte interviewed twelve residents from different communities in the San Joaquin Valley that have struggled to access safe and affordable drinking water. See their stories here.
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UPCOMING EVENTS

JULY 31, 6:30-8:00 PM. Northern Tulare County Public Meeting. Orosi Memorial Hall (41645 Rd 128, Orosi, CA). We will be providing an update on the Northern Tulare County Regional Water Alliance Joint Powers Agency and discuss project options and how to get involved. Please contact Ryan Jensen at 559-733-0219 or ryan.jensen@communitywatercenter.org for more information.

AUG 17, 6-8 PM. Porterville United for Justice Community Meeting. Doyle Elementary School (1045 E Orange Ave, Porterville, CA). We will be providing an overview of Porterville’s Consumer Confidence Report and updates from Porterville United for Justice group. Please contact Karina Gallardo at 559-733-0219 or karina.gallardo@communitywatercenter.org for more information.

JULY 16 - AUG 10. Water Board Election Filing Window is Open. Submit the appropriate paperwork to your county within this period of time to run for election for your local water board this November. If you have questions, check out our water board elections resource page or reach out to Adriana Renteria at adriana.renteria@communitywatercenter.org or (559) 733-0219.

OCT 11, 5:30-8PM. Annual Visalia Celebration. Café 210 (210 West Center Avenue, Visalia, CA). Save the Date for our annual CWC celebration in Visalia! More information to follow.

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RESOURCES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • $9.5 Million is Available for Drinking Water in Schools! If your school is a small, disadvantaged community, apply as soon as possible before the June 30 deadline. This funding may be used to install water bottle filling stations or drinking water fountains. It can also be used for interim water supplies and treatment devices for schools where contamination is an issue. If your school or district is interested in learning more about this exciting new opportunity to improve student access to safe drinking water, you can access the guidelines and application here or contact Kim Hanagan, State Water Resources Control Board at (916) 323-0624. You can also contact CWC at 559-733-0219 or Rural Community Assistance Corporation at agua4all@rcac.org for more information.
  • Funding available for water systems impacted by 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+ 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, funding sources at the state are available for eligible entities. The primary funding source is the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF). The Prop 1 Groundwater Grant Fund is a secondary option to cover instances 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.
  • 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.
  • Check out additional resources and stories in the most recent newsletter from the Office of Sustainable Water Solutions.The newsletter is available in both English and Spanish. CWC worked hard to advocate for the creation of the Office, which promotes permanent and sustainable drinking water and wastewater solutions in California’s most vulnerable communities.

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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 for all Californians!

Amy Helfant, Anavel Valdez, Benigna Hernandez, Bill Walker, Brad Coffey, Bryan Barnhart, Carly Yoshida, Cassie Morgan, Edward Bergtholdt, Jill Ratner, Kavita Vora, Kelsey Hinton, Leonard Sklar, Nancy Bruce, Natalie Garcia-Grazier, Nimmi Damodaran, Paul Pierce and Patience Milrod, and Renata Brillinger

And thank you to our generous donors for the month of June!

Bonnie Goldstein, Colleen Reid, Diana Gonz, Dieter Rutzen, Jacques Vroom, Joya Banerjee, Julie Mersch, Lisa Brown, Peter and Carole Clum

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Filing Period Open to Run in Your Local Water Board Election!

Yesterday was the first day to file your paperwork to run in your local water board election! The last day to submit your paperwork at your county’s elections office is August 10th. Being a part of your local water board is important because it’s an opportunity to make direct change in your community. If your community is currently dealing with water quality concerns, there’s even more of an opportunity for you to be part of finding a solution! 

To learn more, visit our webpage here: www.communitywatercenter.org/water_board_elections  

If you are interested in running but have any questions or concerns, feel free to call or email Adriana Renteria 559-733-0219 adriana.renteria@communitywatercenter.org


¡Ayer fue el primer día para entregar los documentos para postularse como candidato a la Mesa Local del Agua! El último día para entregar los documentos será el viernes, 10 de agosto, 2018. La responsabilidad y la oportunidad para tener una representación comunitaria fuerte depende de los residentes que decidan postularse para la mesa directiva del agua. Si usted tiene problemas con la calidad del agua en su comunidad y se postula como candidato es aún otra oportunidad para poder ser parte de la solución.

Visite nuestra página web: www.communitywatercenter.org/water_board_elections

Si usted está interesad@ en postularse como candidat@ o si tiene preguntas, comuníquese con Adriana Renteria al 559-733-0219 o adriana.renteria@communitywatercenter.org  


How do I begin the process for filing for candidacy in my local water board?

1) Contact your local county elections office to verify that the address where you are registered to vote is within the district you are running for.

2) Go to your county’s elections office to sign the candidacy forms in-person under the supervision of the county elections office clerk. All paperwork must be submitted between the dates of July 16th--August 10th in order to be on the ballot for the election.

Optional: 3) candidates can choose to pay a fee to submit an optional candidate statement which is a short summary written by the candidate that tells voters why they are running for a seat on their local water board. This candidate statement is included in the ballot that voters receive in the mail. If you choose not to pay for an optional candidate statement, make sure you let your community know you are running in other ways--like using social media or attending community events!

To learn more about the specific forms you will need to fill out, visit our webpage here: www.communitywatercenter.org/water_board_elections  


1) Comuníquese a la Oficina Electoral Local del Condado para verificar que su domicilio donde está registrado para votar le permite ser candidato para la Mesa Directiva del Agua que se quiere postular.

2) Vaya a la Oficina Electoral del Condado para firmar en persona la forma sobre la Declaración del Candidato y otros documentos necesarios para postularse. Es importante que todos los candidatos entreguen los documentos entre el 16 de julio hasta el 10 de agosto para poder aparecer en las boletas el día de las elecciones.

3) Paso opcional: Los candidatos tienen la opción de escribir una declaración para ser compartida con los votantes. Este resumen es opcional y la oficina electoral del condado cobrará una tarifa para dar a conocer la declaración del candidato. Si decide no pagar para la declaración del candidato, puede decirle a su comunidad que se está postulando para la Mesa Directiva Del Agua usando las redes sociales o también puede asistir a juntas comunitarias.

Para saber más sobre los documentos que necesita entregar para postularse como candidato, visite nuestra página web: www.communitywatercenter.org/water_board_elections  


87% of local water board seats were uncontested in the most recent election

Earlier this year, CWC released a report that found that in the southern San Joaquin Valley, 87% of local water board seats were uncontested in the most recent election -- that’s almost 500 local seats. When only one candidate runs for a seat, the seat does not appear on a ballot, and the election does not take place. In Fresno, Kern, Kings, and Tulare counties, 75 of 109 local water boards studied have not held a single election in the last four years. When there isn’t a lot of competition for local water board seats, sometimes it could mean that a board member who is doing a great job remains on the board and continues their great work. Other times it could mean board members who aren’t listening to community concerns remain on the board because there is no one running against them. Local water boards offer an opportunity for residents to take action to make a difference in your community.

Take the next step to make a difference in your community by visiting our webpage to learn more about how to run in your local election: www.communitywatercenter.org/water_board_elections  


Un nuevo informe del Centro Comunitario Por el Agua ​refleja una dura realidad: simplemente no hay suficientes residentes interesados en ser parte de la mesa del agua, principalmente en el sur del Valle de San Joaquín. Por lo tanto, refleja una falta de representación por parte de la comunidad. 87% de los puestos de la mesa local del agua no fueron disputados en las elecciones más recientes, es decir, no hubo ningún nuevo ​candidato para tomar el lugar de la mesa del agua​. Cuando sólo un candidato se postula para la mesa del agua entonces la elección no se lleva a cabo y automáticamente toma el lugar en la mesa directiva. En los cuatro condados estudiados, 75 de 109 mesas locales del agua no han tenido una sola elección en los últimos cuatros años​. Cuando no hay suficiente gente postulándose para la mesa local del agua, a veces puede significar que un miembro de la mesa que está haciendo un gran trabajo permanece en la mesa y continúa su gran trabajo. Otras veces puede significar que los miembros de la mesa que no están escuchando las preocupaciones de la comunidad permanecen en este puesto porque no hay nadie que se postule contra ellos. Las mesas directivas del agua local ofrecen una oportunidad para que los residentes tomen medidas para marcar la diferencia en su comunidad.

Visite nuestra página web para saber más sobre las mesas directivas del agua www.communitywatercenter.org/water_board_elections  


published Junio eNews in Water Blog 2018-07-05 11:46:57 -0700

Junio eNews

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Querido miembro de la comunidad,

El movimiento acerca del Agua Sana, Limpia y Económica continúa creciendo tanto en el Centro como a todo lo largo de California. Más de 100 miembros de la comunidad, tanto personas que se acaban de unir al movimiento como aquellas que han estado por décadas abogando por soluciones para tener agua sana y limpia, viajaron a Sacramento para hacerle saber a los legisladores que el tener agua sana, limpia y económica es un derecho humano y debe estar al alcance de TODOS los californianos. También, nuestro equipo de participación cívica contactó a más de 2,500 votantes para hablar sobre el tema del agua potable y las diferentes maneras de involucrarse para darle una solución al problema del agua en sus comunidades. Finalmente queremos compartirles que Erika se integró a nuestro equipo del Centro como nuestra nueva Directora de Organización Comunitaria aumentando aún más la capacidad de seguir empoderando a nuestras comunidades por la justicia del agua limpia. Lo invitamos a que se una a este gran movimiento para tener agua sana, limpia y económica visitando: queremosagualimpia.org

¡Adelante!

Susana y Laurel

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¡Más de 100 residentes del Valle de San Joaquín se dieron cita en Sacramento!

 

Líderes de la comunidad del Valle de San Joaquín viajaron a Sacramento para reunirse con los legisladores en el Capitolio sobre el Fondo Económico Para Tener Agua Sana, Limpia y Económica que el gobernador Brown propone.

El pasado 13 de junio fue un día importante porque más de 100 residentes del Valle de San Joaquín viajaron a Sacramento para compartir su experiencia por tener agua contaminada en sus casas y pedirle a los legisladores que apoyen el Fondo Económico Para Tener Agua Sana, Limpia y Económica que el gobernador propone. Varios residentes levantaron su voz para tener agua sana y limpia entre ellos Lucy Hernández de West Goshen, Isabel Solario de Lanare, el Senador Bill Monning, el Senador Ed Hernández, la Asambleísta Wendy Carrillo, Felicia Marcus de la Mesa Estatal del Control de Recursos Hídricos, la Secretaría Karen Ross del Departamento de Alimentos y Agricultura de California, Dolores Huerta y el Dr. Salvador Sandoval. Lo invitamos a que vea fotografías de evento aquí. También puede visitar Telemundo Sacramento y Univisión Sacramento para ver los reportajes del evento.

El Fondo Económico Para Tener Agua Sana, Limpia y Económica se necesita ahora más que nunca porque más de un millón de californianos siguen sin tener acceso al agua sana y limpia siendo esto un derecho humano básico. Hemos trabajado incansablemente con una coalición que apoya sin precedentes, incluyendo al sector agrícola, negocios, grupos medioambientalistas, grupos sobre salud, sindicatos de trabajadores, y un grupo bipartidista de legisladores, para que esto sea una realidad a largo plazo, mientras nuestras comunidades han estado esperando por décadas. Necesitamos que esto se haga realidad en esta sesión legislativa. Sólo le tomará un minuto para pedirle a su legislador que le dé prioridad al agua sana, limpia y económica AHORA.

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¡Más de 2,500 votantes latinos fueron contactados por nuestro equipo de Participación Cívica!

Nuestro equipo de Participación Cívica el pasado mayo del 2018 en nuestra oficina de Visalia

Nuestro equipo del Proyecto de Participación Cívica estuvo trabajando por tres semanas para contactar a más de 2,500 votantes latinos del Condado de Tulare y ¡superaron la meta del proyecto! Estuvieron hablando con los electores (votantes) acerca del agua en sus comunidades y para recordarles que salieran a votar en las elecciones primarias del 5 de junio. Cuando nuestro equipo se comunicó con los electores, el 89% estuvo de acuerdo que el estado de California debería de invertir en soluciones para asegurar que nuestras familias tengan agua sana, limpia y económica. Más de dos tercios dijeron que quieren ayudar a que estas soluciones se hagan realidad comprometiéndose en el movimiento.

Estamos entusiasmados con el éxito de nuestro equipo de participación cívica y seguiremos aprovechando este impulso mientras trabajamos en construir más poder en todo el estado.

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¡Erica se integra a nuestro equipo!

En este mes de junio, Erica se integró a nuestro equipo como la nueva Directora de Organización Comunitaria. Ella lleva varios años de experiencia trabajando en comunidades rurales de bajos ingresos sobre asuntos de justicia medioambiental. ¡Estamos muy contentos en tenerla como parte de nuestro equipo! Conozca más sobre Erica aquí y no olvide de pasar a saludarla si está cerca de la oficina de Visalia.

¡Le deseamos todo lo mejor a Jenny en su siguiente etapa!

Jenny en el centro con Kristin y Charlotte que fueron parte del Centro en nuestro evento anual en Sacramento sobre Reconocimiento al Liderazgo por la Justicia del Agua.

Tenemos noticias que compartir sobre Jenny Rempel, nuestra Directora en Educación y Participación Comunitaria estará dejando su puesto de tiempo completo con el Centro para ser parte del programa de Maestría en la Universidad de Berkeley. Jenny ha estado trabajando en el Centro Comunitario por el Agua por casi cuatro años, en este tiempo nos ayudó a establecer eficientes sistemas con los medios de comunicación y a sentar las bases para gran parte de nuestro trabajo con la comunidad, así como en mejorar nuestro sistema de compromiso y participación comunitaria especialmente en nuestro programa de compromiso cívico. Ella es una activista dedicada y comprometida en empoderar a las comunidades afectadas por las injusticias sociales y ambientales. Sabemos que esas pasiones le serán útiles en su próximo capítulo de su vida, mientras le permita mantenerse involucrada en el movimiento por la justicia del agua. ¡Extrañaremos a Jenny y esperamos que usted también se una a nosotros para desearle suerte!

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¡Estamos contratando un Asociado en Programación y Administración en nuestra oficina de Visalia y Sacramento!

¡Estamos contratando un Asociado en Programación en nuestras dos oficinas de Visalia y Sacramento! Los dos puestos serán responsables principalmente en el desarrollo organizacional, la recaudación de fondos y comunicaciones, así como auxiliar en la administración. El candidato ideal deberá ser bilingüe en español (escrito y oral) y tener excelentes habilidades de comunicación, mecanografía y organización, además de tener disponibilidad para aprender nuevos programas. Este puesto de medio tiempo o tiempo completo es un puesto de empleado regular, no exento, por hora.

Para solicitar el trabajo, mande una carta de interés y su currículum a Anavel Valdez-Lupercio (anavel.lupercio@communitywatercenter.org) para el puesto en Visalia O con Kelsey Hinton (kelsey.hinton@communitywatercenter.org) para el puesto en Sacramento. Para más información haga click aquí.

¡Por favor comparta esta información con su red de amigos y familiares!

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¡Algunas noticias de interés!

El periódico Los Angeles Times en su excelente editorial destaca por qué aprobar el Fondo de Agua Para Tener Agua Sana, Limpia y Económica del Gobernador es una tarea fácil para California. Para leer más visite: California, the world's fifth-largest economy, has a Third World drinking water problem

Léo Heller, relator especial de las Naciones Unidas sobre el derecho humano al agua y saneamiento, pide a la legislatura que pase el Fondo Económico Para Tener Agua Sana, Limpia y Económica del gobernador en un artículo de opinión en Water Deeply. Para saber más visite: Time for California to Deliver on the Human Right to Water

El periódico La Opinión publicó el artículo titulado:  Más de un millón vive sin agua limpia donde Dolores Huerta es la autora de un artículo de opinión sobre por qué los legisladores deben pasar el Fondo Económico Para Tener Agua Sana, Limpia y Económica.

Coberturas sobre el trabajo del Centro. El trabajo del Centro Comunitario por el Agua se ha promovido en diferentes medios de comunicación como Telemundo, Sacramento Bee, Univision, Los Angeles Times y otros medios recientemente. ¡Revise nuestra página en facebook para estar al día de nuestro trabajo!

Durante el año pasado nuestra becaria Charlotte, entrevistó a doce residentes de diferentes comunidades del Valle de San Joaquín que se han enfrentado con tener acceso al agua sana, limpia y económica para sus familias. Aquí puede ver sus historias.

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Nuestros Próximos Eventos

16 de julio - 10 agosto. Registro para Postularse a la Mesa Directiva del Agua. Envíe los documentos apropiados a su condado dentro de la fecha límite para postularse a la mesa del agua en el mes de noviembre. Si tiene preguntas, revise la información sobre cómo postularse en la mesa del agua o comuníquese con Adriana Rentería a adriana.renteria@communitywatercenter.org o (559) 733-0219.

11 de octubre, 5:30 a 8:00 pm. Celebración Anual en Visalia. Café 210 (210 West Center Avenue, Visalia, CA). ¡Aparte este día para celebrar con el Centro en Visalia! Daremos detalles más adelante.

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¡Información y Anuncios Relevantes Para Su Comunidad!

Existen $ 9.5 millones disponibles para que las escuelas cuenten con agua potable. La Mesa del Control de Recursos Hídricos del Estado de California cuenta con $ 9.5 millones de dólares en fondos disponibles para las escuelas que no cuentan con agua potable y limpia. Las escuelas tienen hasta el 30 de junio para solicitar estos fondos, especialmente para las Agencias de Educación Locales que brindan servicios a comunidades de bajos ingresos y que cuentan con una población de menos de 20,000 estudiantes incluyendo las escuelas que imparten clases desde el Kinder hasta el 12o. grado, así como el nivel preescolar y guarderías que se encuentran dentro de la propiedad de la escuela. Para más información sobre la solicitud y requisitos dé un click aquí o mande un correo electrónico a agua4all@rcac.org

Si usted está afectado por tener el contaminante 1,2,3 TCP en su agua, ¡Ya existen fondos para apoyarlo!. El 14 de diciembre de 2017, la Mesa Estatal del Agua aprobó que ya entrara en vigor el nivel máximo de contaminantes (MCL, por sus siglas en inglés) establecido para el contaminante 1,2,3-Trichloropropane (1,2,3-TCP). Para que usted recupere los costos de su sistema de agua afectada, usted necesita obtener representación legal para demandar a las partes responsables (Shell y Dow Chemicals), por la contaminación del 1-2-3 del TCP. Los litigios pueden demorar entre un año y tres o más, por lo tanto, si se ve afectado por 1-2-3 TCP y necesita asistencia financiera para cumplir con el nuevo MCL, existe un fondo económico que está ofreciendo el estado para las entidades elegibles. La principal fuente de financiación es el Fondo Rotativo Estatal del Agua Potable (DWSRF, por sus siglas en inglés), y el Fondo de Subvención de Agua Subterránea de la Proposición 1 que también puede ser otra opción para cubrir costos que el DWSRF no cubre. Para mayor información comuníquese con la Mesa Estatal de Control de Recursos Hídricos.

¿Usted sabe si el agua que consume está libre de contaminantes? Lo invitamos a que revise nuestra página de internet y lea sobre la preguntas más frecuentes para saber cuáles son los pasos para saber la calidad del agua que consume en su casa.

Lo invitamos a que revise el boletín de la Oficina “Sustainable Water Solutions” que está disponible en inglés y en español. El Centro Comunitario por el Agua trabajó arduamente para abogar por la creación de esta oficina que promueve soluciones permanentes y sostenibles para tener agua potable en las comunidades que están en desventaja.

 

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¡Le queremos dar las gracias a nuestros generosos contribuyentes!


¡Muchísimas gracias a nuestros donantes mensuales, cuyas contribuciones continúan ayudando a mantener nuestro trabajo a largo plazo para lograr agua sana, limpia y económica!

Amy Helfant, Anavel Valdez, Benigna Hernandez, Bill Walker, Brad Coffey, Bryan Barnhart, Carly Yoshida, Cassie Morgan, Edward Bergtholdt, Jill Ratner, Kavita Vora, Kelsey Hinton, Leonard Sklar, Nancy Bruce, Natalie Garcia, Nimmi Damodaran, Paul Pierce, Renata Brillinger

¡Y gracias a nuestros generosos donantes del mes de Mayo!

Alan Saunders, Allison Turner, Anita Kumar Chang, Bob Pringle, Brian and Ellen Hinton, Brodie Hannibal, Claire Perry, Deborah Rosenthal, Diane Weiss, Eric Ores, Gabriel Mota, Hundt Family Foundation Inc., Iris Biblowitz, Isha Ray, Janis Buckingham, Jill and Greg Stacy, John Sauceda, Jonathan Nelson, Jorge Andre, Julia Emerson, Kevin Mori, Lakshmi Myneni, Latino Community Foundation, Laura Schewel, Leah White, Mari Amend, Mark Kines, Masha Chernyak, Nell Green Nylen, Patrick Moyle, Pattie and Charlie Firestone, Ratna Nirkondar, Richard Adler, Richard Whitt, Robert Krase, Rosanne Gross, Sara Aminzadeh, Sara Hundt, Terri Waller, The California Wellness Foundation, Triskeles Foundation

¡Nuestro trabajo no sería posible sin la ayuda de nuestros contribuyentes como usted, gracias!


published June 2018 eNews in Water Blog 2018-07-05 11:32:44 -0700

June 2018 eNews

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The movement for Safe and Affordable Drinking Water continues to grow both within CWC and throughout California. 100+ community members - both those new to this struggle and those that have spent decades advocating for safe water solutions - traveled to Sacramento to let their legislators know that we need a Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund NOW. Join the movement by taking action for safe and affordable drinking water today.

Earlier this month, our civic engagement team contacted more than 2,500 voters to talk about drinking water, voting, and ways to get involved in the movement for water justice.

We're delighted that Erica Fernandez has joined our CWC team as our new Director of Organizing, adding even more capacity to continue to build power for water justice. We're hiring for several Program Associate positions, so please send qualified candidates our way!

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100+ Community Members Travel to Sacramento Rally!

San Joaquin Valley community leaders traveled to Sacramento last week to meet with California legislators about the Governor's Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund. 

More than 100 residents from the San Joaquin Valley traveled to Sacramento to share their experiences with unsafe water and urge legislators to support the Governor’s Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund. Speakers at the rally raised their voices for safe water -- including West Goshen resident Lucy Hernandez, Lanare resident Isabel Solorio, Senator Bill Monning, Senator Ed Hernandez, Assemblymember Wendy Carrillo, State Water Resources Control Board Chair Felicia Marcus, Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture Karen Ross, Dr. Salvador Sandoval, and Dolores Huerta. See pictures from the day here, and more on the rally from Telemundo and Univision.

The Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund is needed now more than ever as more than one million Californians still lack access to the most basic human right -- safe water. We’ve been working tirelessly with an unprecedented coalition of supporters - including agriculture, business, environmental groups, health groups, labor unions, and a bipartisan group of legislators - to make this long-term solution a reality, and our communities have been waiting for decades. We need to get this done this legislative session. Take 1 minute to tell your legislator to prioritize safe and affordable drinking water NOW.

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2,500+ Latino Voters Contacted

The 2018 Civic Engagement Team at our Visalia office this May.

CWC believes that communities who lack safe and affordable water need to be driving the decision-making that impacts them, and one of the primary ways to do that is by voting. As part of our program to increase voter participation, we are calling thousands of voters to connect with them about the water issues impacting their lives and the importance of civic engagement actions, including voting, to fight for solutions.

The Civic Engagement Project team spent three weeks contacting more than 2,500 Tulare County Latino voters, exceeding the goal set for this project! They talked to voters about water in their community and reminded them to get out and vote in the June 5th primary. When asked, 89% of these voters agreed that the State of California should invest in solutions to make sure our families have safe and affordable drinking water. More than two-thirds said they wanted to help make these solutions a reality by pledging to take action. We're excited about the team's success and will keep building on this momentum into the summer and fall.

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water board election filing open from july 16th - august 10th

Local water boards, including Community Services Districts (CSDs), Public Utilities Districts (PUDs), and nonprofit Mutual water companies, as well as small cities, are responsible for implementing the Human Right to Water in many rural communities.

Recently we released a new report which looked at these local water boards and their elections: "Untapped Opportunity: Local Water Boards and the Fight for Water Justice." The report found that in the southern San Joaquin Valley, 87% of local water board seats were uncontested in the most recent election -- that’s almost 500 local seats. When only one candidate runs for a seat, the seat does not appear on a ballot, and the election does not take place. In Fresno, Kern, Kings, and Tulare counties, 75 of 109 local water boards studied have not held a single election in the last four years.

This gap of local leadership is partly due to the complicated and fragmented nature of water governance in CA, and the lack of support and resources for interested leaders to step into decision-making roles themselves. In order to address this gap, the Community Water Center has compiled resources for community leaders to learn more about local water boards and to take the next step to run in their water board election. If you or someone you know is interested in running to be on their local water board, be aware that you must submit your paperwork for candidacy within the window of July 16th - August 10th.

Reach out to our Regional Water Management Coordinator, Adriana Renteria, with any questions at adriana.renteria@communitywatercenter.org or (559) 733-0219.

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NEW DIRECTOR OF ORGANIZING at CWC

 

This month, Erica Fernandez joined CWC as our new Director of Organizing! She brings years of experience working for environmental justice, and we are so excited to be working with her. See more about Erica here and be sure to say hi if you see her around the Visalia office!

Jenny (center) with former CWC staff members Kristin and Charlotte at our annual Sacramento Water Justice Leadership Awards.

In bittersweet news, Jenny Rempel, our Director of Education and Engagement, will be moving on from her full-time position with the Center to pursue graduate studies at UC Berkeley this fall. Jenny has been with Community Water Center for four years, and in that time, she has helped us establish and expand our systems for communications, media, and community engagement, including growing our integrated voter engagement program. She is a dedicated activist, committed to building power in communities impacted by social and environmental injustices, and we know those passions will serve her well in her next chapter and as she stays involved in the water justice movement in her new capacity. We will miss Jenny and hope you can join us in wishing her luck! 

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We’re Hiring Program Associates in Visalia and Sacramento!

We are hiring Program Associates to join both our Visalia and Sacramento teams! Both Program Associates will be primarily responsible for organizational, fund development and communications work, as well as providing other policy and program support. The ideal candidate is fluent in Spanish (written and oral) and has excellent communication and organizational skills and a willingness to learn new programs. The positions could be part-time or full-time, and it is a regular, non-exempt, hourly, employee position.

To apply, please send your resume and a letter of interest to Anavel Valdez-Lupercio (anavel.lupercio@communitywatercenter.org) for the Visalia position OR Kelsey Hinton (kelsey.hinton@communitywatercenter.org) for the Sacramento position. For more information, click here!

Please share this opportunity widely with your networks!

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: RECENT WATER JUSTICE NEWS

Los Angeles Times: California, the world's fifth-largest economy, has a Third World drinking water problem. Excellent editorial by the Los Angeles Times, which highlights why passing the Governor’s Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund is a no-brainer for California.

San Francisco Chronicle: Clean water left unfunded in California budget. The SF Chronicle editorial board wrote: "California has long recognized the problem. Now it needs to take serious steps to solve it."

La Opinión: Más de un millón vive sin agua limpia. Dolores Huerta took the time to author a powerful op-ed on why the legislature must pass the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund!

News Deeply: Time for California to Deliver on the Human Right to Water. Léo Heller, the United Nations special rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, urges the legislature to pass the Governor’s Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund in this op-ed for Water Deeply.

CWC'S RECENT NEWS COVERAGE. CWC's work has been featured in Telemundo, The Sacramento Bee, Univision, the Los Angeles Times and many other outlets recently. Check out our blog to stay up to date!

Be sure to check out our Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Stories blog. Over the past year, our fellow Charlotte interviewed twelve residents from different communities in the San Joaquin Valley that have struggled to access safe and affordable drinking water. See their stories here.
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UPCOMING EVENTS

JULY 16 - AUG 10. Water Board Election Filing Window is Open. Submit the appropriate paperwork to your county within this period of time to run for election for your local water board this November. If you have questions, check out our water board elections resource page or reach out to Adriana Renteria at adriana.renteria@communitywatercenter.org or (559) 733-0219.

OCT 11, 5:30-8PM. Annual Visalia Celebration. Café 210 (210 West Center Avenue, Visalia, CA). Save the Date for our annual CWC celebration in Visalia! More information to follow.

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RESOURCES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • $9.5 Million is Available for Drinking Water in Schools! If your school is a small, disadvantaged community, apply as soon as possible before the June 30 deadline. This funding may be used to install water bottle filling stations or drinking water fountains. It can also be used for interim water supplies and treatment devices for schools where contamination is an issue. If your school or district is interested in learning more about this exciting new opportunity to improve student access to safe drinking water, you can access the guidelines and application here or contact Kim Hanagan, State Water Resources Control Board at (916) 323-0624. You can also contact CWC at 559-733-0219 or Rural Community Assistance Corporation at agua4all@rcac.org for more information.
  • Funding available for water systems impacted by 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+ 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, funding sources at the state are available for eligible entities. The primary funding source is the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF). The Prop 1 Groundwater Grant Fund is a secondary option to cover instances 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.
  • 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.
  • Check out additional resources and stories in the most recent newsletter from the Office of Sustainable Water Solutions.The newsletter is available in both English and Spanish. CWC worked hard to advocate for the creation of the Office, which promotes permanent and sustainable drinking water and wastewater solutions in California’s most vulnerable communities.

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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 for all Californians!

Amy Helfant, Anavel Valdez, Benigna Hernandez, Bill Walker, Brad Coffey, Bryan Barnhart, Carly Yoshida, Cassie Morgan, Edward Bergtholdt, Jill Ratner, Kavita Vora, Kelsey Hinton, Leonard Sklar, Nancy Bruce, Natalie Garcia, Nimmi Damodaran, Paul Pierce and Patience Milrod, and Renata Brillinger

And thank you to our generous donors for the month of May!

Alan Saunders, Allison Turner, Anita Kumar Chang, Bob Pringle, Brian and Ellen Hinton, Brodie Hannibal, Claire Perry, Deborah Rosenthal, Diane Weiss, Eric Ores, Gabriel Mota, Hundt Family Foundation Inc., Iris Biblowitz, Isha Ray, Janis Buckingham, Jill and Greg Stacy, John Sauceda, Jonathan Nelson, Jorge Andre, Julia Emerson, Kevin Mori, Lakshmi Myneni, Latino Community Foundation, Laura Schewel, Leah White, Mari Amend, Mark Kines, Masha Chernyak, Nell Green Nylen, Patrick Moyle, Pattie and Charlie Firestone, Ratna Nirkondar, Richard Adler, Richard Whitt, Robert Krase, Rosanne Gross, Sara Aminzadeh, Sara Hundt, Terri Waller, The California Wellness Foundation, Triskeles Foundation

None of our work would be possible without the support of our donors. Thank you!


100+ Community Members Travel to Sacramento for Rally!

Yesterday was a powerful day with over 100 residents from the San Joaquin Valley traveling to Sacramento to share their experience with unsafe water and urge legislators to support the Governor’s Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund. Several speakers raised their voices for safe water at the rally including West Goshen resident Lucy Hernandez, Lanare resident Isabel Solario, Senator Bill Monning, Senator Ed Hernandez, Assemblymember Wendy Carrillo, State Water Resources Control Board Chair Felicia Marcus, Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture Karen Ross, Dolores Huerta and Dr. Salvador Sandoval.

See pictures from the day below! Thank you to everyone who took the time to raise their voices for safe water!

See more on the rally from Telemundo Sacramento and Univision Sacramento


Erica joins CWC Team as Director of Organizing!

Erica joined us this week as our new Director of Organizing! She brings years of experience working with low-income, rural communities on environmental justice issues, and we are so excited to be working with her. See more about Erica here and be sure to say hi if you see her around the Visalia office!

 


Civic Engagement Team Calls 1,000s of Tulare County Voters!

Our Civic Engagement Project team spent the past few weeks contacting thousands of Tulare County Latino voters! They talked to voters about water in their community and reminded them to vote. See pictures of the team below!

¡Nuestro equipo del Proyecto de Participación Cívica pasó las últimas semanas contactando a miles de votantes latinos en el condado de Tulare! El equipo ha estado hablando con los votantes sobre el agua en su comunidad y recordándoles que voten el 5 de junio. ¡Lo invitamos a que vean las fotos del equipo!

 

 

 

      

   


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May 2018 eNews

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As we continue towards securing the Governor’s Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund, we need your help! Contact your legislator today and urge them to prioritize this vital solution, which the vast majority of California voters and more than 140 organizations and local agencies support.

Don't forget -- this Tuesday is Election Day in California, so if you can vote in California, please get out and vote!

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Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund Update

San Joaquin Valley community leaders traveled to Sacramento last week to meet with California legislators about the Governor's Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund. 

This week, San Joaquin Valley residents traveled to Sacramento for the third time this year to urge their legislators to prioritize safe and affordable drinking water for ALL Californians by supporting the Governor's Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund. In addition to meeting with legislators, residents attended an Assembly budget hearing to share their experiences with unsafe and unaffordable water, and to urge committee members to support the Fund.

Join the movement by taking 1 minute to email your state legislator and tell them: In the sixth largest economy in the world, we can and must ensure that all Californians have access to safe and affordable drinking water. This crisis has gone on for far too long. Share with your friends and family to make sure we pass the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund this year!

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Canvassers are Calling thousands of Tulare County Voters!

 

Civic Engagement Program Canvasser Becky Quintana calling Tulare County voters last week

Last week, we launched a civic engagement program contacting voters about drinking water! Last fall, we were able to speak with over 2,000 rural Tulare County Latino voters and discovered that 91% believe their local elected officials need to do more to make sure our families have safe and affordable drinking water. This Spring, we are once again connecting with these voters, as well as thousands of new voters, to discuss drinking water issues and remind everyone to vote on June 5th. Keep an eye on Facebook, as we will be posting updates from the team over the next few days, and don’t forget to vote on June 5th!

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Rallies held for Safe and Affordable Drinking Water in Bakersfield and Merced

Dolores Huerta joined community members in traveling to Bakersfield on May 11th to urge support for the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund.

On Friday of National Drinking Water Week, more than 60 people, including Dolores Huerta, came out to simultaneous rallies in Merced and Bakersfield to push for the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund. The San Joaquin Valley is hard hit by toxic tap water, and residents spoke out for change. The rallies were covered by many local news stations, including Bakersfield Now, KGET, The Bakersfield Californian, Your Central Valley, and The Merced Sun-Star. Residents spoke about living with unsafe and unaffordable drinking water, and about the need for legislators to support the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund. It was a powerful day for the water justice movement and the perfect way to end National Drinking Water Week!

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An Evening of Art and Justice

Bay Area supporters joined us in Woodside, CA, for a discussion of California’s drinking water crisis and how to solve it.

On May 12th, we hosted our first fundraiser in the Bay Area - “An Evening of Art and Justice.” More than 50 people joined us for this special event to learn more about California’s drinking water crisis and Community Water Center’s work. We raised more than $15,000 for the water justice movement! A huge thank you to all that attended and to those that helped to make this event possible with their generous donations -- Lagunitas Brewing Company, Sudwerk Brewing Company, Fieldwork Brewing Company, Elizabeth Spencer Winery, Stacey Divine, and a special thank you to the Rosekrans Family for hosting us on such a beautiful property! See pictures from the event here.

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: RECENT WATER JUSTICE NEWS

La Opinión: Más de un millón vive sin agua limpia. Dolores Huerta took the time to author a powerful op-ed on why the legislature must pass the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund this year!

Your Central Valley: Dozens demand clean drinking water, support from lawmakers. Dos Palos High School senior Ace Mejia-Sanchez joined the National Drinking Water Week rally in Merced to ensure safe water for her community!

KCET: 100,000 Residents In Bountiful Central Valley Still Lack Access to Clean Water. Porterville resident Cristobal Chavez discussed his family's struggle for safe water due to high Nitrate levels in their drinking water.

CWC'S RECENT NEWS COVERAGE. CWC's work has been featured in Telemundo, La Opinión, Bakersfield Now and many other outlets recently. Check out our blog to stay up to date!

Be sure to check out our Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Stories blog. Over the past year, our fellow Charlotte interviewed twelve residents from different communities in the San Joaquin Valley that have struggled to access safe and affordable drinking water for their families. See their stories here.
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UPCOMING EVENTS

California Primary Election Day, June 5th. Make sure you get out and vote next Tuesday! You can do this by: visiting your local polling place OR returning your vote by mail ballot by mail or at any ballot drop off location in your county!  

Join us next month at Northern Tulare County community feedback meetings. We will be providing an update on the Northern Tulare County Water Alliance Joint Powers Agreement and asking for feedback on the possible alternatives to be considered for this regional water project. Tentative dates are: Seville/Yettem on June 21st, Sultana/Monsoon on June 26th and East Orosi on June 28th. Please contact Ryan Jensen at 559-733-0219 or ryan.jensen@communitywatercenter.org for more information.

SUMMER 2018, TBD. The Safe Drinking Water Data Challenge is designed to explore data’s potential to help us better understand community access to safe drinking water, anticipate vulnerabilities, and identify and deploy solutions. We will be hosting a Launch Event in the summer. Stay tuned for details on this website and join the conversation on slack and social media with #CAWaterDataChallenge. Sign up for the community mailing list to receive the latest updates.

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RESOURCES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • $9.5 Million is Available for Drinking Water in Schools! If your school is a small, disadvantaged community, apply as soon as possible before the June 30 deadline. This funding may be used to install water bottle filling stations or drinking water fountains. It can also be used for interim water supplies and treatment devices for schools where contamination is an issue. If your school or district is interested in learning more about this exciting new opportunity to improve student access to safe drinking water, you can access the guidelines and application here or contact Kim Hanagan, State Water Resources Control Board at (916) 323-0624. You can also contact CWC at 559-733-0219 or Rural Community Assistance Corporation at agua4all@rcac.org for more information.
  • Funding available for water systems impacted by 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+ 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, funding sources at the state are available for eligible entities. The primary funding source is the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF). The Prop 1 Groundwater Grant Fund is a secondary option to cover instances 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.
  • 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.
  • Check out additional resources and stories in the most recent newsletter from the Office of Sustainable Water Solutions.The newsletter is available in both English and Spanish. CWC worked hard to advocate for the creation of the Office, which promotes permanent and sustainable drinking water and wastewater solutions in California’s most vulnerable communities.

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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 for all Californians!

Amy Helfant, Anavel Valdez, Benigna Hernandez, Bill Walker, Brad Coffey, Bryan Barnhart, Carly Yoshida, Cassie Morgan, Edward Bergtholdt, Jill Ratner, Kavita Vora, Kelsey Hinton, Leonard Sklar, Nancy Bruce, Natalie Garcia, Nimmi Damodaran, Paul Pierce and Patience Milrod, Renata Brillinger

And thank you to our generous donors for the month of March!

Les Deak, Dan and Linda Kida, Jennifer Rosner

None of our work would be possible without the support of our donors. Thank you!


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