The state estimates that over a million Californians lack access to safe drinking water. After 15 years with arsenic contamination, one small Kern County community took the struggle for clean water into its own hands--in a campaign that could serve as a role model for others.
Some California public schools have contaminated water supplies containing arsenic, nitrates, and pesticides due to lack of tracking and regulation.
Students at as many as 1,600 California public schools may have consumed water that did not meet primary drinking water standards between 2003-2014, according to a report released today by the Community Water Center and the Environmental Justice Coalition for Water. The report also found that many of the water supplies serving these schools have repeatedly violated drinking water standards over multiple years, some for a decade or more.
Louie Campos stopped drinking the water from his faucets in Visalia, California, so long ago that it takes him a minute to recall just how many years it has been since he held a glass to the tap and took a swill. By his closest approximation, the plainspoken 43-year-old has ripped through a 24-pack of bottled water a week for the last eight years. Bottled water, he says, is a hidden tax Visalia’s residents must pay to live there.
This week is National Drinking Water Week, and the Community Water Center wants you to take a stand and join the movement for water justice! With over one million Californians exposed to unsafe drinking water each year, California has a drinking water crisis on its hands. We're raising $10,000 in one week to support our state advocacy for immediate and lasting solutions to this crisis. Donate to be part of the solution!
This week (May 2-6, 2016) Community Water Center is celebrating National Drinking Water Week with a series of empowering events throughout the San Joaquin Valley. This year is extra special because we will be celebrating AGUA Coalition’s 10th year of water justice activism!
This morning, CWC’s Co-Executive Director Laurel Firestone and close ally Jennifer Clary of Clean Water Action testified at the Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 3 on Resources and Transportation Hearing to speak on California drinking water needs. They stressed the need for immediate and permanent drinking water solutions for disadvantaged and low-income households; improved access to safe drinking water in schools; funding for water efficiency and water metering; and improved data collection of California's drinking water crisis, particularly in our state water systems and private well communities.
Tomorrow, CWC’s Co-Director Laurel Firestone and close ally Jennifer Clary of Clean Water Action will testify at the Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 3 on Resources and Transportation Hearing to speak on California drinking water needs. You can listen to the hearing live HERE.
On April 21st, 2016, the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board voted unanimously in support of the Resolution to adopt the Human Right to Water as a core value and to direct its implementation at the Regional Water Board.
CWC is excited to introduce you to our new Water Programs Interns, Blanca Escobedo and Vanessa Martinez! Both Blanca and Vanessa are students at University of California, Davis, studying Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning and have recently joined CWC at our Sacramento office. They are passionate about environmental justice and will be providing policy, communications, and fund development support for CWC's drinking water campaigns. CWC is grateful to have Blanca and Vanessa on board, and we are excited to help them become effective drinking water advocates!