On Wednesday, July 29th, residents from seven northern Tulare County communities met to participate in a summit regarding their region’s collective water future. These small, unincorporated communities have struggled to provide safe drinking water to their residents, because the region’s groundwater is contaminated with high levels of nitrates and the pesticide DBCP.
Even though the legislature is out on recess, we've been advancing the Human Right to Water in multiple policy contexts this month, including with the State Water Board's Drinking Water Program and exploratory Conservation Pricing Workshop, as well as the legislature's drought hearing.
We are excited to announce the recent opening of a third CWC office in Arvin, CA! This office will serve as the hub for our South Kern County work to bring interim and long-term solutions for drinking water issues faced by the region.
CWC's Ryan Jensen testified on vulnerable Valley communities at a State Assembly Hearing on Drought Emergency Services on July 15th. He highlighted the need for interim emergency solutions, long-term solutions, and proactive source water protection. Read his full comments here!
Attention residents of Cutler, East Orosi, Orosi, Monson, Seville, Sultana, and Yettem! There will be an important meeting on Wednesday, July 29th about your region’s water future, and you are invited to attend! These communities are working toward a regional drinking water solution. Come to the meeting to learn more about this important project, ask questions, voice any concerns, and get involved.
Conservation measures are clearly necessary during the drought and beyond as we adapt to a changing water supply framework in California. Rethinking our water pricing structures presents a great opportunity to address the dual goals of promoting conservation and achieving the Human Right to Water. Read the comments we submitted to the State Water Board on conservation pricing!
County leaders have approved the $20,000 purchase of a small parcel of land where a new well will be drilled to supply water for the rural towns of Yettem and Seville. Wells in both of these north Tulare County communities for years have had problems providing sufficient drinking water, both in volume of water and its quality, said county Resource Management Agency Director Mike Spata.
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.