The Governor just released emergency regulations for water conservation. Urban water suppliers have to conserve from 8-36% more water to reach the statewide goal of a 25% water reduction, and small water systems (serving fewer than 3000 connections) must achieve a 25% reduction in water use or limit outdoor irrigation to two days per week.
Residents of Arvin, CA, have been impacted by arsenic-contaminated water for over a decade. Each of the community's five wells exceeds drinking water standards set by the federal EPA for arsenic. Drilling new wells will take two or more years and millions of dollars.
Jerry Tinoco discusses Arvin's long-standing problem of arsenic contamination and the financial challenges for many Arvin residents of acquiring adequate water filters.
Jenny Rempel discusses the impacts of the drought on small California communities and the need for lasting drinking water solutions on MSNBC's Greenhouse.
Californians who grumble about not being able to water their lawns everyday during the fourth year of a historic drought should swing by this small town in southern Kern County. Drought or no drought, residents of this rural community can’t drink water from the tap and can’t even use it for cooking because high levels of arsenic — known to cause cancer — become even more concentrated when water is boiled.
The Guardian recently published an op-ed by Laurel Firestone and Thomas Harter on the need for public wells logs in California, especially as drought conditions continue to intensify.
The $7.545 billion water bond (Prop. 1) was approved overwhelmingly by California voters last November to direct critical resources towards state water supply infrastructure projects. That set aside at least $696 million specifically for disadvantaged and severely disadvantaged communities. Now, the task at hand is actually disbursing that money on the ground where it’s needed most.
Governor Brown approved a $1 billion emergency drought relief package this week! The legislation is an important step toward ensuring all communities have access to safe, clean, and affordable drinking water.
More than half a dozen East Porterville residents drove to Sacramento last month to testify before the Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee. These residents told stories about life without water. Of being unable to wash clothes, take showers, or even flush the toilet without first walking outside to fill a bucket with water from a temporary water tank.
The emergency drought relief bill proposed for California would create a new state office. That might sound fairly mundane. But it could go a long way to help disadvantaged communities.