A washing machine stands in the middle of Maria Jimenez's California yard, like a redundant relic of modern life. Nearby are several rented mobile toilets, no longer in use. For four months, she and her family have had no running water.
California is about to dramatically increase the amount of information it makes public about the state's groundwater. Under new legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown last week, the state will begin making available well drilling reports that have been kept confidential for decades.
On Monday, June 15th, the Community Water Center and Rural Community Assistance Corporation unveiled the first round of filtered water fountains in Sierra Vista Elementary School. These fountains are part of the movement for safe drinking water in South Kern County.
New legislation includes resources for consolidating water systems, access to previously secret groundwater data, and a new agency financing system!
The Legislature passed Governor Brown’s Drought Consolidation Budget Trailer Bill today, extending a lifeline to California communities that lack safe and affordable drinking water.
A provision in the newest California budget could give the state the power to force mergers between small water providers and larger companies. A number of small central valley water utilities are facing dried up wells and dirty water due to the drought.
Seven, small, unincorporated communities in northern Tulare County have moved closer to a regional water solution! For the past few months, CWC’s organizing team has been knocking on doors and holding community meetings as pre-project outreach work across the seven communities. The County recently signed a Governance Study contract to evaluate region-wide governance solutions to address the area’s drinking water challenges, which include groundwater contaminated with high levels of nitrates and the pesticide DBCP.
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.