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Recent Media Coverage of California's Drinking Water Crisis

California’s drinking water crisis has just been featured in the LATimesThe New York TimesThe Sacramento Bee and several other news outlets! After a packed Capitol Briefing and State Water Board workshop, we’ve been working hard to raise awareness of the fact that almost 300 California communities are not meeting safe drinking water standards.

We’re gearing up for a big campaign to ensure that the Legislature creates a Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund. We need the Legislature to act this year to deliver on the promise of the human right to water. 

Please spread the word about our campaign and ask your friends to take action. We'll keep you in the loop as more action opportunities emerge!

Check out some of the recent media coverage!

  1. LA Times: “Capitol Journal: California lawmakers are stuck on Trump, but there's a problem at home that needs attention: dirty water.” Read story HERE.

  2. NY Times: "Question and Answer: Xavier Becerra on Immigration, ‘Calexit’ and More."  Mike McPhate solicited questions for Attorney General Xavier Becerra last week, and they chose a question from the Community Water Center as one of only four reader questions that Becerra answered! Read his response HERE.

  3. Capital Public Radio: “Advocates Push For Nitrate Fees To Fund Clean Water." Story featuring Laurel Firestone, CWC co-executive director. Read story HERE.

  4. Fresno Bee: "'Lifeline' fee on bills urged to aid cleanup.” Read story HERE.

  5. Stockton Record: “The Challenge of our age." Excellent story on the Glenwood Mobile Home Park outside Stockton, which recently drilled a new well to address nitrate contamination. Ready story HERE.

  6. SF Weekly: “Drinking Water Crisis Brewing in California." Read story HERE. 

  7. Central Coast Public Radio (KCBX): “Advocates urge permanent solution to unsafe drinking water.” Discussion of Nitrate in Monterey County private wells. Read story HERE.

  8. Pacifica Evening News (KPFA/KPFB/KFCF): “Clean Water Crisis In California Called Flint Times 300.” Full story HERE.

  9. Valley Public Radio (KVPR): "State Data Show Nearly 300 Water Systems Out of Compliance." The story features a new State Water Board map and a quote from our Policy Director, Jonathan Nelson. Read story HERE.

  10. Water Online: “California Advocates Push For Contaminated Water Fund.” Read story HERE.


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