Community Water Center

Community-driven water solutions through organizing, education, and advocacy

Sustainable and Affordable Drinking Water Solutions Program

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The Problem:

Local institutions lack the economies of scale, as well as the technical, managerial and financial capacity, to operate and maintain current water systems or to develop plans to adapt to future water shortages due to drought and climate change. Additionally, in order to sustainability provide safe water for their communities, local water decision makers need to be able to access adequate funding resources, including through the creation of a Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund. 

Goals:

  • Support a transparent and equitable regional governance structure in Northern Tulare County to secure funds and operate a regional safe drinking water project. 

  • Ensure Environmental Justice communities (particularly small and rural communities, including private well owners) have the necessary tools to address continuing impacts of climate change by building community water resiliency. 

  • Continue to support drought-impacted East Porterville residents in connecting their community to the neighboring public water system to get safe, reliable water. 

  • Establish a Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund for the state of California. 

Related Campaigns and Projects: 

Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund: This legislative package will provide an ongoing source of funding to fill the "O&M gap" and cover other unmet emergency and long-term drinking water needs, including drilling new wells, repairing or replacing failing drinking water infrastructure, installing water treatment systems, providing technical assistance, consolidating water systems or facilitating drinking water extensions, and other projects designed to secure long-term safe drinking water for all.

Long Term Solutions: The Community Water Center provides extensive organizing, outreach, meeting facilitation, and technical assistance support for local development of long-term, sustainable solutions for safe drinking water. This support includes helping local communities identify specific contaminants in their water supply, sources of pollution, and potential project alternatives. CWC also facilitates the development of joint-solutions among communities to reduce long-term vulnerability and strengthen the resources available to resolve the problem.

Interim Solutions: Because long-term solutions to drinking water challenges can take many years to achieve, CWC is helping to create community-driven interim solutions with communities, schools, and public spaces in the San Joaquin Valley that do not have access to safe drinking water. 

Drought Relief: If you're out of water or impacted by the drought, resources are available. CWC can connect you with options for bottled water delivery, storage tanks, and funding for well drilling. CWC is working to leverage more resources for immediate and lasting solutions. Please call our Visalia office at 559-733-0219 if you would like to discuss drought relief options.

Private Well Testing: Community Water Center completed its private well testing program in May 2016. This program provided free water quality testing to private well owners in Tulare, Fresno, and Kern counties. The goal of the program was to provide residents with an understanding of their water quality and resources related to accessing safe drinking water. Our team sampled 32 private wells to analyze water quality. We also provided educational materials about the test results and resources about how to obtain safe drinking water.

For most recent news stories check out our Water Blog, or the related articles columns on the right.

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Questions? Contact: 

Ryan Jensen: (559) 733-0219 or ryan.jensen@communitywatercenter.org
Jonathan Nelson: (916) 706-3346 or jonathan.nelson@communitywatercenter.org

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