On Monday, Governor Jerry Brown signed a $167 billion state budget that prioritized investments in safe drinking water. Our team at the Community Water Center has been working with the Drinking Water Advocates Coalition, the Administration, and the Legislature to make sure California prioritized ensuring access to safe, clean, and affordable through the 2016-17 California budget, and we are delighted to report that our hard work has paid off!
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Close to 300 community residents attended an all-stakeholder meeting held on June 23rd on the proposed long-term solution in East Porterville. The long-term solution includes hooking up East Porterville households to the City of Porterville's water system. Community members are supportive of the city running the water system, but still have reservations around mandatory well abandonment, future annexation and future water-rate increases.
With the exception of a four-year stint at UC Berkeley, Gerardo Tinoco has lived in Arvin continuously since moving here with his family at the age of four. Born in Modesto to farmworker parents, today Tinoco works to ensure residents have access to safe and clean water.
Residents from seven Tulare County communities will be able to learn about a proposed regional water agency aimed at bringing safe drinking water now and to continue providing water in the future. The informational meeting will be held Tuesday, June 28, from 6-8 p.m. at the Orosi Memorial Hall.
A known carcinogen was detected in levels higher than 200 times the state recommendation in Kern County water, according to the Cal Water Annual Water Quality Report.
Community Water Center recently completed a year-long pilot private well testing project in May. This free water testing program was designed to inform local residents of their water quality.
The Drinking Water Advocates Coalition representing rural water advocates, urban water districts, education and children's organizations, and environmental justice, health and equity organizations expressed support for the Legislature’s investment in guaranteeing that all Californians have access to safe, clean, and affordable drinking water and urge the Governor to support.
A bill by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to better ensure that small, public water agencies are able to provide long-term delivery of safe, clean drinking water passed the state Assembly’s Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee today.
Low and fixed income residents struggle to pay their water bills, yet existing law deters local agencies from providing these Californians with financial assistance. Senate Bill 1298 (Hertzberg) would allow water agencies to voluntarily set rate structures that provide lifeline rates to qualified customers.