Community Water Center

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

March 2018 eNews

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March 2018

Dear Supporter,

We are getting closer to establishing a Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund with the Governor prioritizing this solution in his 2018-19 budget, more than 100 different organizations in support, and community residents continuing to put the pressure on their legislators to support this vital solution. The next three months will be crucial to the success of this campaign. Join the movement by contacting your legislators to make safe and affordable drinking water a priority!  Take action here! 

¡Adelante!
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World Water Day is tomorrow
(March 22nd)!

In honor of World Water Day tomorrow, we want to spread the word that more than one million Californians don't have access to safe drinking water -- and you can help!

1. Join us on Twitter at 11am PST on Thursday, 3/22, while we co-host a tweetchat that will dive into the causes of California’s drinking water crisis and one part of the solution, a Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund. Follow the hashtag #WWDinCA to join the conservation!

2. Sign up to host your own fundraiser here! You can do almost anything to raise money for clean water! Some of our favorites include hosting a dinner party, running a local race, or by simply asking people to join you in the fight for water justice. It only takes two minutes to create a fundraiser that will help to broaden the water justice movement!

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New Report Released from UC Davis Center of Regional Change

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The UC Davis Center for Regional Change just released a new report on the drinking water crisis in the San Joaquin Valley. The report once again demonstrates that tens of thousands of rural San Joaquin Valley residents lack safe drinking water, but solutions are within reach if needed funding is secured. Two-thirds of disadvantaged unincorporated communities in the San Joaquin Valley are within 500 feet of a public water system that is meeting drinking water standards, but they need funding to see solutions happen. Check out the executive summary and full report here.

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San Joaquin Valley Residents Travel to Sacramento for Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund Hearing

 

More than 100 San Joaquin Valley residents voiced their support for a Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund at the Capitol last week. Residents brought bottles of toxic tap water to almost 30 meetings with legislative offices, where residents shared their experiences with unsafe and unaffordable water and urged legislators to support this lasting solution to the state's crisis. In the morning, Assemblymember Susan Eggman, Senator Ed Hernandez, and Senator Andy Vidak expressed their strong support for the Fund, and encouraged their fellow legislators to join in championing this historic solution. Afterward, residents brought their toxic tap water directly to a hearing of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Resources and Transportation, where we urged the committee members to vote yes so that no one has to drink toxic tap water.

 Join in urging your legislator to support safe and affordable drinking water for all by taking action below!

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Community Water Center Honored at Irvine Leadership Awards

Co-Directors Laurel Firestone and Susana De Anda with the James Irvine Foundation President and CEO Don Howard the awards ceremony.

Each year, the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Awards recognize individuals and organizations that display a commitment to innovation and a record of success in improving people’s lives, creating opportunity, and contributing to a better California. Community Water Center was honored at a ceremony on February 28th for our tireless commitment to ensuring all Californians have access to safe and affordable water. Thank you so much for your ongoing support of our work for water justice. Together, we are moving closer to the vision of ensuring access to safe and affordable drinking water for all Californians. Read more and watch a video on Community Water Center's work here.

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Join us for an Evening
of Art and Justice on May 12th!

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: RECENT WATER JUSTICE NEWS

The Sacramento Bee and The Fresno Bee: California can't wait any longer for clean water. CWC's Policy Director Jonathan Nelson co-authored an op-ed about the vital need for a Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund.

Buzzfeed: This is what it's like to live with toxic tap water in California. A look into life for residents living without safe water and how the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund can help!

Capitol Weekly: Water and the Public Health Crisis. A great overview of the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water fund and why it is crucial to solving the drinking water crisis! 

CWC'S RECENT NEWS COVERAGE. CWC's work has been featured in the LA Times, UnivisionThe Visalia-Times Delta, and many other outlets recently. Check out our WaterBlog to stay up to date!
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UPCOMING EVENTS

APR 7, 2PM- 4PM. Community Water Leader’s Network Roundtable Discussing Representation on Water Boards. Center for Irrigation Technology at CSU Fresno (5370 N Chestnut Ave, Fresno, CA 93740). At this event, Mindy Romero, Director of the Civic Engagement Project at the UC Davis Center for Regional Change, will share results of a report she authored exploring the representation of Latinxs and women as Directors on water boards, as well as exploring Latinx voter turnout in water board elections. Reach out to Adriana Renteria at 559-733-0219 or adriana.renteria@communitywatercenter.org with more questions.

APR 14, TBD. Community Water Leader’s Network Roundtable on How to Run in a Water Board Election. Visalia. This event will focus on the importance and power water boards hold to implement the Human Right to Water in their community and will explain the process of running in a water board election. Participants will leave the event with knowledge of water board director responsibilities, duties and requirements for candidacy, as well as an understanding of the process of applying to run in an election. Participants will be given tools and resources to begin the water board election candidacy process if interested. This is a small event with RSVPs required. Please RSVP to Adriana Renteria at 559-733-0219 or adriana.renteria@communitywatercenter.org.

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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. 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.
  • 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 for Water and Energy Audits: Application and Instructions. More details on the CWSRF.
  • 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, 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 February!

Angela Munoz, Asha Kreiling, Bessma Mourad, Blythe Young, David Cory, DeeDee D'Adamo, Geoff Ellsworth, Jaclyn Rice, Jennifer Clary, John Comella, Jordyn Wolfand, Kristin Dobbin, Marina Perez, Max Gomberg, May Kimball, Nancy Wiens, Omar Carrillo, Richard Chiolis, Sara Wilcke, Shelley Kulm, Theresa Dunham, Tim Johnson, Warner Chabot

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

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