Community residents travel to share their story with Governor staff at the Capitol.
Currently over one million Californians, across the state, are living without safe, affordable drinking water. Contaminated drinking water creates a risk for cancer, birth defects, diabetes, and infant mortality. Low-income communities and communities of color are disproportionately harmed by unsafe, unaffordable drinking water. Governor Newsom has called lack of access to safe, affordable water a “disgrace.”
This year, we continue to advocate for the passage of the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund package -- which includes Governor Newsom’s proposed trailer bill legislation, Senator Monning’s SB 200, and Assemblymember Garcia’s AB 217. These bills will help ensure all Californians have access to safe and affordable drinking water. Safe drinking water requires a small but sustainable fee to invest in new infrastructure, replace old infrastructure, provide emergency water supplies, and support water treatment. This fee is less than a dollar each month, with exemptions for low-income Californians.
We traveled with impacted residents from areas most affected with unsafe drinking water for multiple legislative hearings this year so that they could share their stories with the Assembly and the Senate. These residents pledged their support of SB 200, AB 217, and the Governor's proposed trailer bill legislation and will continue to advocate until their families have safe, clean, and affordable water.
We urge you to take action and help ensure safe and affordable drinking water for everyone! For more information on the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund and California’s water crisis, click here.