The community of Arvin, which has had unsafe arsenic contamination for over a decade, is now on track to have safe water by the end of 2019. Six of the community’s seven wells currently exceed arsenic standards, which led to enforcement action from USEPA Region 9 starting in 2008. In September, the Arvin Community Services District (ACSD) agreed to a new Administrative Order with a timeline for the community’s Arsenic Mitigation Project.
On Tuesday, Nov. 17th, the Fresno County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously in favor of applying for state funding to develop an interim groundwater ordinance. This is a huge step forwards for a region where thousands of residents lack running water due to excessive groundwater pumping. After four years of drought, we need to take local action now to mitigate impacts and protect our most vulnerable residents.
Now is your chance to stand with communities on the front lines of climate change by donating to CWC to build the grassroots movement for water justice. You can help make sure access to safe water is a right, not a privilege or a gift.
CWC has tested 17 private domestic wells during the pilot phase of our free private well testing program for low-income homeowners. This new CWC program helps Californians understand if they have health-harming pollutants like arsenic, uranium, bacteria, or pesticide byproducts in their well water.
To celebrate our new space, we are having a New Office Open House Party on Thursday, November 19th from 4:30-7:00PM in Downtown Sacramento! Join us to enjoy CWC's new office and catch up with friends and allies in the movement for water justice! We'll have local beer, wine, and snacks. RSVP on our event page!
In late August, CWC convened representatives from multiple Valley counties, state and federal agencies, and NGOs for a productive conversation about challenges to providing drought assistance to disadvantaged communities and strategies for improving and streamlining the drought response. CWC’s Senior Fellow David Okita compiled the main challenges and solutions discussed at the Convening, and developed Practitioners Drought Convening Policy Discussion Paper: Where Do We Go From Here?.
La sequía que azota California desde hace cuatro años agravó el problema del agua en zonas rurales del estado. Por ejemplo, en el Valle Central muchas comunidades disponen de agua pero está contaminada y por lo tanto no sirve para beber ni cocinar, lo que obliga a los residentes a comprar agua embotellada.
Joined by many of our close community partners, allies, and supporters, we honored Leaders in the Face of Drought at our Water Justice Celebration in Visalia on October 27, 2015. CWC's Co-Directors Susana De Anda and Laurel Firestone, as well as Legislative Secretary Martha Guzman-Acevez acknowledged the courage and hard work of the residents, organizations, and elected officials working to ensure their communities have access to water during California's devastating drought.
East Porterville and other Valley communities suffering the effects of California’s worst drought in decades are getting financial aid from the federal government to buoy their water supplies. The U.S. Department of Agriculture approved about $3.3 million in grants for eight communities in Fresno, Tulare and Kings counties.
Stakeholders from all four Tulare Lake Basin counties reconvened on October 26th to discuss next steps and priorities for the implementation of the Tulare Lake Basin (TLB) Disadvantaged Community (DAC) water study. The TLB study stakeholders group is collaborating to accelerate sustainable community water solutions in the region.