Currently over one million Californians, across the state, are living without safe, affordable drinking water. Contaminated drinking water creates a risk for cancer, birth defects, diabetes, and infant mortality. Low-income communities and communities of color are disproportionately harmed by unsafe, unaffordable drinking water. Governor Newsom has called lack of access to safe, affordable water a “disgrace.”
2018 was a big year for Community Water Center. Our very own Laurel Firestone is now a Board Member of the State Water Resources Control Board, Monterey County became the first county in the US to declare that water is a “human right”, and Governor Newsom proposed a Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund in the 2019/2020 budget.
Long-time AGUA member and Community Activist Josie Nieto was selected as an award winner for Women’s History Month by Tulare County Supervisor Eddie Valero! She is being honored for her activism, organizing her community towards long-term safe and affordable drinking water solutions.
A coalition of advocates for communities living with contaminated drinking water today praised the passage of AB 217 (E. Garcia) from the Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Waste Committee. The bill would provide the ongoing funding needed to deliver safe water to California children and families through a small fee on water users.