Thanks to great support online and in-person during National Drinking Water Week, we helped move several important water justice bills forward in the legislature!! We dropped off over 270 letters in support of a policy platform that will bring us closer to realizing the Human Right to Water!
Eighteen individuals from across the state came together on May 20th to provide feedback on the discussion draft of a new report co-authored by CWC’s Kristin Dobbin (and Laurel Firestone) on stakeholder engagement in groundwater management. The report on Effective Stakeholder Participation for Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) Implementation was co-authored with Clean Water Action and Union of Concerned Scientists, with support from the California Water Foundation.
The State Water Board is holding public meetings on the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, SB 445 Site Cleanup Subaccount Program, and Proposition 1 Groundwater and Drinking Water Programs. These are important funding programs, several of which are still in the very early development stages -- your participation can help shape the programs to ensure they meet community needs.
Anavel Valdez-Lupercio was honored by the United Women’s Organization / Organización de Mujeres Unidas (UWO), Latinas in Business and Professions Association, and the Tulare Kings Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for her leadership as a Latina in Technology. Anavel is very deserving of the award -- as our Operations and Facilities Manager, she keeps CWC running strong by managing our bookkeeping, human resources, facilities, database, donations, grants, and so much more! We’re delighted that Anavel’s excellent work was recognized by the community!
The Community Water Center and the AGUA Coalition will be celebrating National Drinking Water Week with a series of platicas, or community conversations, throughout the San Joaquin Valley. AGUA members will be hosting platicas in Ducor, Poplar, Tulare, and Lindsay. Please join us to discuss drought impacts, resources, and opportunities!
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.