Community Water Center

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

Kelsey Hinton

published 2019 Water Justice Leadership Awards in Attend An Event 2019-01-10 11:16:06 -0800

2019 Water Justice Leadership Awards

Senator Bill Monning with water activists Sandra Garcia, Lucy Hernandez, Jose Gurrola, and Ruben Becerra.

 

Community Water Center is proud to share that we are hosting our fifth annual Water Justice Leadership Awards in Sacramento this February. 

The celebration will include delicious food and drinks prepared by Mayahuel and a short program honoring our 2019 Water Justice Leadership Awardees. We will also be inviting our grassroots base, local and statewide partners, elected officials and others to the event to celebrate with us.

If you are interested in sponsoring, see sponsorship opportunities here. Please contact Kelsey Hinton at (916) 706-3346 or kelsey.hinton@communitywatercenter.org for more information!

We prefer checks, but if you need to donate by credit card, you can do so using Paypal Giving Fund (no fees will be applied to the transaction) or on our website (a fee will be applied). 

Your sponsorship is tax deductible: Community Water Center is a 501(c)(3), Tax ID: 80-0267674.

 

WHEN
February 19, 2019 at 5:30pm
WHERE
Mayahuel
1200 K St
Sacramento, CA 95814
United States
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$25.00 USD

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 Jo Gopinath in Our Team 2019-01-07 15:59:48 -0800

Jo Gopinath

Water Programs Intern

Jo is a senior engineering major at Santa Clara University. She has joined the CWC as an intern through her Hackworth fellowship with Santa Clara University’s Markkula Center for Applied Ethics to explore the ethical dimensions of access to clean drinking water. She will be conducting market research on point-of-use treatment devices and their monitoring technology, as well as assisting the Watsonville office in their community water programs. She is excited to spend her last two quarters in college working this internship with the CWC.

 

 

Contact:
jo.gopinath@communitywatercenter.org

Watsonville Office, (831) 288-0450


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

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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 Maria Rivera-Alvarado in Our Team 2018-08-14 14:00:56 -0700

Maria Rivera-Alvarado

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Program Associate

My name is Maria Rivera-Alvarado and most of my experience has been in Accounting. I used to work in the tax industry preparing personal and small business income taxes, while also handing all of the bookkeeping. When I became a mom, my career interests shifted towards more mission-driven and environmental organizations. I had the opportunity to work for a non-profit organization that supports grassroots initiatives to inspire community action to protect the environment, consumers and public health for about two years as an Accounting Assistant. I moved to the Sacramento area in 2018 and began working for the Community Water Center as a Program Associate.

Contact:
maria-rivera@communitywatercenter.org
Sacramento Office, (916) 706-3346

 

 


Community Organizer - Watsonville

Title: Community Organizer                                               

Organization: Community Water Center

Location: Serving communities in the Northern Central Coast based in Watsonville, CA

PDF version of job description here. 

Community Water Center (CWC) acts as a catalyst for community-driven water solutions through organizing, education, and advocacy.  We seek to build and enhance leadership capacity and local community power around water issues, create a statewide movement for water justice alongside low-income communities and communities of color who do not have access to safe, clean and affordable water. CWC’s vision is for all communities to have access safe, clean, and affordable water. Community Water Center also currently has offices in Visalia and Sacramento.

The Center employs three primary strategies in order to accomplish our goals:

  • Educate, organize, and provide capacity building assistance to low-income communities and communities of color facing local water challenges.
  • Advocate for systemic change to address the root causes of unsafe drinking water.
  • Serve as a resource for information and expertise on community water challenges.

At CWC, we believe that safe, clean, and affordable water is a human right, not a privilege.  Our organizing and advocacy work, community collaborations, and organizational culture all reflect a concern for equity, mutual respect, appreciation for diversity, and environmental and social justice.  We are looking for candidates who share our values, who bring a willingness to contribute to our mission and to the growth of a new organization, and who are open to developing their skills.

Position Description:

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 Northern Central Coast Region (primarily Monterey, Santa Cruz, San Benito counties and parts of Santa Clara County). All employees at CWC are “at will.” This position will report directly to the CWC Director of Community Solutions, Heather Lukacs and will work closely with other CWC staff, community partners and allies.

Major Responsibilities:

Organizing and Base-Building:

  • Engage, train, and support local community leaders and advocates from low-income communities and communities of color throughout the Salinas Valley and surrounding areas as part of CWC’s local-, regional- and state-level organizing and advocacy campaigns
  • Coordinate community engagement planning, logistics, and outreach for community advocacy days in Sacramento and actions throughout the Salinas Valley and surrounding areas.
  • Coordinate community meetings and activities, including developing meeting agendas, facilitating meetings, and doing preparation and follow-up work with community partners.
  • Coordinate planning and outreach for candidate forums.
  • Support press conferences and other public events to publicize community drinking water issues and promote specific campaign objectives.
  • Facilitate community meetings and community engagement with local community-based organizations.
  • Build community relationships, alliances, and coalitions to move campaigns.
  • Support CWC’s outreach and organizing efforts, including, as needed, making phone calls to community members, sending out texts and emails, making event reminder calls, updating CWC’s contacts database, assisting with meeting coordination and logistics, and assisting with translation/interpretation.

General Duties:

Foster an environment that promotes trust and cooperation amongst CWC staff, community members, and affiliate organizations.

  • Actively participate in program strategy, planning, tracking and reporting, and staff meetings.
  • Actively participate in CWC fund development activities, such as donor drives, online appeals, and other events.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Co-Executive Directors.

Note: Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Required Qualifications and Skills:

  • Strong passion for and commitment to social and environmental justice.
  • Experience working with low-income communities and/or communities of color.
  • Strong interpersonal verbal communication and writing skills, with sensitivity to appropriate delivery depending on target and audience.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills via various methods (i.e. in-person, telephone, email, video conferencing, and in writing)
  • Outstanding organizational skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to juggle multiple tasks and responsibilities, while remaining focused on overarching goals.
  • Ability to work with and inspire diverse communities and age groups.
  • Creative and comprehensive problem solving skills.
  • Ability to accept praise and critical feedback – the ideal candidate would value self-improvement and seek evaluation.
  • Flexible schedule – willing and able to work weekends and attend night meetings and attend out-of-town events, activities and meetings as needed
  • Proficient with basic computer skills including, at minimum: Microsoft Office, Google Apps, and ability to troubleshoot basic software and computer equipment problems.
  • Fluent in Spanish (oral and written).
  • Valid CA driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Understanding of and fluency in digital organizing tools and software, including online, mobile, social media, and text platforms.
  • Experience working with database software, preferably NationBuilder
  • Experience with, or knowledge of, water and environmental issues and/or community development.
  • Knowledge of political landscape in California.

Starting Date: Open until filled

Salary: $50k and competitive depending on experience.

Application:

To apply, email resume and cover letter to: susana.deanda@communitywatercenter.org

Benefits:

We offer a comprehensive compensation and benefits package which includes: medical, dental and vision insurance; generous vacation, family, and sick leave, and holiday policies; a flexible work schedule; professional development opportunities and more. (Benefits guidelines and eligibility vary based on tenure and employment status, among other factors.) We also provide contributions to employees’ SEP-IRA after a two-year tenure.

 

Community Water Center is committed to providing equal opportunity to qualified job applicants and employees and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability (including pregnancy), mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, military service status or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local law. 

To learn more about the Community Water Center and our programs, visit our website at

www.communitywatercenter.org

PDF version of job description here.


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

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¿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.


published July 2018 eNews in Water Blog 2018-07-31 16:36:59 -0700

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.

Together, we can ensure ALL Californian’s have access to safe, clean and affordable water.

¡Adelante!
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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

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


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  


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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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Dear {{ recipient.first_name_or_friend }},

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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Dear {{ recipient.first_name_or_friend }},

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!


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

Dolores Huerta joined community members as they traveled 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!


Canvassers are calling 1,000s of Tulare County Latino Voters!

 

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

Last week, we launched our second civic engagement program (CEP)! Last fall, we were able to speak with over 2,100 rural Tulare County Latino voters and discovered that over 84% were concerned about whether their water was safe. This Spring, we have the chance to once again connect with those same voters, as well as thousands of new voters, to discuss drinking water issues and remind them to vote on June 5th. Keep an eye on Facebook, as we will be posting updates from the CEP over the next few weeks and don’t forget to vote on June 5th!

 


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