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December 2018 eNews

December 2018

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Dear {{recipient.first_name_or_friend}},

One of the most valuable ways you can support CWC is by becoming a sustaining donor. This means a recurring monthly contribution of $10, $25 or $100 is set up once and provides CWC consistent, predictable income throughout the year. Our goal is to sign up 25 new monthly donors before the end of the year. You can help us get there by signing up today!

Thank you for supporting CWC and hope you have a full and joyous holiday season.

Happy Holidays,

Susana and Laurel

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CWC in the news

KION 5/46: Monterey County declares "human right" to water. Monterey County became the first county in the nation to recognize the human right to safe, clean, affordable and accessible drinking water for its residents.  

To see the latest from CWC and our community partners, check out our news coverage here.

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Monterey County Declares Human Right to Water

CWC team members and community partners at the Monterey County Board of Supervisors meeting in November, where the board unanimously approved the Human Right to Water policy.

Recently, to draw more attention to this crisis, the Monterey County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the first ever county-level Human Right to Water Resolution. This resolution establishes “a policy that every human being has the right to safe, clean, affordable, and accessible water adequate for human consumption, cooking, and sanitary purposes and requires that all relevant county departments consider this policy when implementing policies and regulations.”

This is a very positive step toward making the Human Right to Water a reality for all Californians.

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Drinking Water Vulnerability Tool

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During the drought where 1,000s of wells went dry in Tulare County, we realized not only are small systems and private well communities at a disadvantage when it comes to planning for water shortages -- the data to proactively plan for future droughts wasn’t even available. This Spring, CWC began working to build a drinking water vulnerability assessment tool that would combine different data layers including location of private wells, an estimation of groundwater quality, and an analysis of how many wells could potentially go dry in the Central Valley in the event of another drought. This tool will serve as a resource for local decision makers as they develop groundwater management plans in the years to come.

By the end of this year, we will finish the first layer of the tool which will identify domestic well households. Additional layers of the tool will be added through next summer, leading to a launch in Fall 2019.

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ways to give to cwc this holiday season

Become a monthly sustaining donor! Working to ensure all Californians have access to safe, clean and affordable water is a long-term commitment. By supporting CWC monthly with $10, $25, or $50 you allow us to work strategically, knowing we have the support to be responsive to the most pressing community needs.

If you're shopping online this holiday season, you can support CWC by using AmazonSmile. AmazonSmile offers the same products and prices as Amazon; you can tell you’re on AmazonSmile if you see the “Smile” logo in the upper left and the orange square on your Internet browser tab. When you visit AmazonSmile, just be sure to select CWC as your nonprofit of choice.

Do your holiday shopping using Giving Assistant, which is a shopping portal that allows you to earn cash back by shopping online with affiliated stores. This cashback can then be donated to the nonprofit of your choice, like CWC, by signing up for free here!

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CWC IS HIRING!

Complete job descriptions and more information on how to apply, please visit: https://www.communitywatercenter.org/careers.

Current openings:

Central Coast Community Organizer - The Community Organizer position is a regular, full-time, exempt employee position that will be primarily responsible for conducting CWC’s organizing and base-building work in communities in the Northern Central Coast Region. If you have any questions, please contact Susana De Anda at susana.deanda@communitywatercenter.org.

Visalia Legal Fellow - With support from California ChangeLawyers, CWC is looking for a full-time, year-long Legal Fellow to provide legal assistance to communities without safe water and local water board members; create and update resources for community members and legal practitioners regarding drinking water governance and advocacy; and provide legal and advocacy support for other CWC programs as needed. This position will be based in CWC’s headquarters in Visalia, California. The Legal Fellow will also work with the UC Davis School of Law Aoki Water Justice Clinic to create materials that can be used by water board members and service providers that train and assist local water boards. If you have any questions, please contact Debi Ores at deborah.ores@communitywatercenter.org.

Visalia Program AssociateThe Program Associate is primarily responsible for providing clerical and program support from the Visalia office. This position reports to the Director of Operations and will also work closely with other CWC personnel, independent contractors, allies and vendors. The Program Associate opportunity can be a part-time or full-time position.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

DEC 17, 5-7 PM. AGUA Coalition Meeting. CWC Visalia Office, 900 W. Oak Ave., Visalia, CA 93291. Join the AGUA Coalition for their final meeting this year which will focus on planning for 2019. Please contact Karina Gallardo at (559) 733-0219 or karina.gallardo@communitywatercenter.org for more information.

DEC 21, 3-5 PM. Central Coast Community Posada. If you are a resident from Bluff/Jensen/Springfield and surrounding areas, join us for a celebration and to learn more about the drinking water quality in your communities, how it impacts your health, and resources available for accessing safe and affordable drinking water. Please contact Cesar Garcia Lopez at (831) 500-1255 or cesar.garcia@communitywatercenter.org for the address and more information.

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RESOURCES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Do you know if your water is safe to drink? Check out our bilingual Water FAQ page to see what steps you can take to find out what is in the water coming out of your tap.
  • $9.5 Million Available for Drinking Water in Schools which may be used to install water bottle filling stations or drinking water fountains, and for interim water supplies and treatment devices for schools where contamination is an issue. If your school or district is interested in learning more about this exciting new opportunity to improve student access to safe drinking water you can access the guidelines and application here or contact Kim Hanagan, State Water Resources Control Board at (916) 323-0624. The application deadline for the grant program is March 1, 2019. Rural Community Assistance Corporation was selected by the State Water Resources Control Board to provide technical assistant during the grant application and implementation period. Contact them at agua4all@rcac.org for more information.
  • Funding available for water systems impacted by 1,2,3-TCP. On December 14, 2017, the State Water Board approved an early effective date for the maximum contaminant level (MCL) of contaminant 1,2,3-Trichloropropane (1,2,3-TCP). In order to obtain cost recovery for your impacted system, you need to obtain legal representation in order to sue the responsible parties, Shell and Dow Chemicals, for 1-2-3 TCP contamination. Litigation can take anywhere from a year to 3 or more years, so if you are impacted by 1-2-3 TCP and are in need of financial assistance to come into compliance with the new MCL, there are funding sources at the state available for eligible entities. The primary funding source is the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF), and the Prop 1 Groundwater Grant Fund is also a secondary option to cover instances where the DWSRF doesn’t cover. In order to qualify for state funding sources you will likely be required to show you are initiating efforts to recover costs from the responsible parties. For any questions, contact the State Water Resources Control Board.
  • Funding for Water and Energy Audits: Application and Instructions. More details on the CWSRF.

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THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS SUPPORTERS!

Huge thank you to our monthly donors, whose continual contributions help to sustain our long-term work toward achieving safe, clean and affordable drinking water for all Californians!

Amy Helfant, Anavel Valdez, Benigna Hernandez, Bill Walker, Brandon Hill, Bryan Barnhart, Carly Yoshida, Cassie Morgan, David & Idie Weinsoff, Edward Bergtholdt, Jill Ratner, Kavita Vora, Kat Wuelfing, Kelsey Hinton, Kristin Dobbin, Leonard Sklar, Nancy Bruce, Natalie Garcia-Grazier, Nimmi Damodaran, Paul Pierce, Renata Brillinger, Sandra Hocker, Vicki Woods

And thank you to our generous donors for the month of November!

Ellen Hanak Valletta, NancyBell Coe, Sergio Sanchez, Susana De Anda, The Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center, Vanuza Abude

If you would like to donate to CWC, please click here!


November 2018 eNews

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   November 2018

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As the year starts to wind down, we would like to take a moment and thank you for your ongoing support of our work to ensure all Californians have access to safe and affordable water. Achieving this goal can only be done if we all come together, with community residents most impacted by this crisis leading the way for long-term solutions in our communities.

Adelante!

Susana and Laurel

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CWC in the news

Visalia Times Delta: Toxic taps abound in rural Tulare County, failed water bond brings no relief. Community leader and activist Lucy Hernandez is highlighted in a story that looks at the state of the drinking water crisis in Tulare County.

ABC30 Fresno: East Orosi families discuss plans to connect to clean water for the first time in a decade. The community of East Orosi may have a solution to their drinking water contamination -- connecting to nearby community of Orosi’s water supply. Residents discuss what this could mean for them.

To see the latest from CWC and our community partners, check out our news coverage here.

 

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cesar garcia lopez joins the watsonville team

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Cesar joins the CWC team as a Program Associate in our NEW Watsonville office! He will be providing program support for our work in the Central Coast region. Alongside our organizing team, he will be traveling to communities in the area to learn more about the water struggles they face and working with these community partners to organize and advocate for long-term drinking water solutions. Having recently graduated from Yale University, he is excited to get back to work in the region he calls home and use his education to benefit his community. Join us in welcoming him to the team!

Cesar, along with our team, led our first day of outreach in the Northern Monterey County area. We’ve already heard from community members, many of which are mothers, that are concerned about the water quality in their homes and ready to get involved. We are excited to continue this work in the years to come to act as a catalyst for community-drive long-term drinking water solutions! If you live in the Bluff/Jensen/Springfield region and are looking to get involved in advocating for safe water for your community, join us Monday, December 3rd at 6 pm for our first community platica to learn more about the water in your region and what resources are available. Please contact Cesar with any questions at (831) 500-1255.

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update on california proposition 3

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We are disappointed that Proposition 3 did not pass. With more than 1 million Californians are impacted by unsafe drinking water each year, Proposition 3 would have provided desperately needed funding for safe drinking water, and would have benefited many low-income communities.

In light of the failure of Proposition 3, it is now even more urgent that California leaders come together to address California’s drinking water crisis. At a minimum, we urge the passage of the bipartisan Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund, which was jointly put forward by Governor Brown’s Administration, Senate Majority Leader Monning, a historic coalition of more than 140 organizations including environmental justice and agricultural stakeholders, as well as impacted communities residents. California leaders must prioritize securing funding for safe and affordable drinking water next year -- because our communities remain thirsty for justice, and they deserve a fair and equal right to the California promise of safe, clean, and affordable drinking water for all.

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ways to give to cwc this holiday season

 

1. Become a monthly sustaining donor! Working to ensure all Californians have access to safe, clean and affordable water is a long-term commitment. By supporting CWC monthly with $10, $25, or $50 you allow us to work strategically, knowing we have the support to be responsive to the most pressing community needs.

2. If you're shopping online this holiday season, you can support CWC by using AmazonSmile. AmazonSmile offers the same products and prices as Amazon; you can tell you’re on AmazonSmile if you see the “Smile” logo in the upper left and the orange square on your Internet browser tab. When you visit AmazonSmile, just be sure to select CWC as your nonprofit of choice.

3. Do your holiday shopping at home using Giving Assistant, which is a shopping portal that allows you to earn cash back by shopping online with affiliated stores. This cashback can then be donated to the nonprofit of your choice, like CWC, by signing up for free here!

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CWC IS HIRING!

 

Complete job descriptions and more information on how to apply, please visit: https://www.communitywatercenter.org/careers.

Current openings:

Central Coast Community Organizer - The Community Organizer position is a regular, full-time, exempt employee position that will be primarily responsible for conducting CWC’s organizing and base-building work in communities in the Northern Central Coast Region. If you have any questions, please contact Susana De Anda at susana.deanda@communitywatercenter.org.

Legal Fellow - With support from California ChangeLawyers, CWC is looking for a full-time, year-long Legal Fellow to provide legal assistance to communities without safe water and local water board members; create and update resources for community members and legal practitioners regarding drinking water governance and advocacy; and provide legal and advocacy support for other CWC programs as needed. This position will be based in CWC’s headquarters in Visalia, California. The Legal Fellow will also work with the UC Davis School of Law Aoki Water Justice Clinic to create materials that can be used by water board members and service providers that train and assist local water boards. If you have any questions, please contact Debi Ores at deborah.ores@communitywatercenter.org.

Part-Time Water Education and Outreach Specialist -  The Water Education & Outreach Specialist is a temporary, part-time, non-exempt, hourly position that is responsible for providing community education and outreach on drinking water issues with residents of low-income communities and communities of color. Specific areas of responsibility include bilingual community outreach and education, engagement of residents in relevant project work, community meeting coordination, and conducting sampling of private wells. It is expected that the position will require driving to and from sites and work approximately 20 hours per week over a three month period (with the possibility of extension at the end of three months), but the exact duration will differ depending on need.

Program Associate (Visalia Office)The Program Associate is primarily responsible for providing clerical and program support from the Visalia office. This position reports to the Director of Operations and will also work closely with other CWC personnel, independent contractors, allies and vendors. The Program Associate opportunity can be a part-time or full-time position.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

DEC 3, 6 PM. Community platica in Northern Monterey County region. Ohlone Elementary School Cafeteria, 21 Bay Farms Road Watsonville, CA 95076. If you are a resident from Bluff/Jensen/Springfield and surrounding areas, join us to learn more about the drinking water quality in your communities, how it impacts your health, and resources available for accessing safe and affordable drinking water. Please contact Cesar Garcia Lopez at (831) 500-1255 or cesar.garcia@communitywatercenter.org for more information.

DEC 17, 5-7 PM. AGUA Coalition Meeting. CWC Visalia Office, 900 W. Oak Ave., Visalia, CA 93291. Join the AGUA Coalition for their final meeting this year which will focus on planning for 2019. Please contact Karina Gallardo at (559) 733-0219 or karina.gallardo@communitywatercenter.org for more information.

 

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RESOURCES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • $9.5 Million Available for Drinking Water in Schools which may be used to install water bottle filling stations or drinking water fountains, and for interim water supplies and treatment devices for schools where contamination is an issue. If your school or district is interested in learning more about this exciting new opportunity to improve student access to safe drinking water you can access the guidelines and application here or contact Kim Hanagan, State Water Resources Control Board at (916) 323-0624. Rural Community Assistance Corporation was selected by the State Water Resources Control Board to provide technical assistant during the grant application and implementation period. Contact them at agua4all@rcac.org for more information.
  • Funding available for water systems impacted by 1,2,3-TCP. On December 14, 2017, the State Water Board approved an early effective date for the maximum contaminant level (MCL) of contaminant 1,2,3-Trichloropropane (1,2,3-TCP). In order to obtain cost recovery for your impacted system, you need to obtain legal representation in order to sue the responsible parties, Shell and Dow Chemicals, for 1-2-3 TCP contamination. Litigation can take anywhere from a year to 3 or more years, so if you are impacted by 1-2-3 TCP and are in need of financial assistance to come into compliance with the new MCL, there are funding sources at the state available for eligible entities. The primary funding source is the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF), and the Prop 1 Groundwater Grant Fund is also a secondary option to cover instances where the DWSRF doesn’t cover. In order to qualify for state funding sources you will likely be required to show you are initiating efforts to recover costs from the responsible parties. For any questions, contact the State Water Resources Control Board.
  • Do you know if your water is safe to drink? Check out our bilingual Water FAQ page to see what steps you can take to find out what is in the water coming out of your tap.
  • Funding for Water and Energy Audits: Application and Instructions. More details on the CWSRF.

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THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS SUPPORTERS!

Huge thank you to our monthly donors, whose continual contributions help to sustain our long-term work toward achieving safe, clean and affordable drinking water for all Californians!

Amy Helfant, Anavel Valdez-Lupercio, Benigna Hernandez, Bill Walker, Brandon Hill, Bryan Barnhart, Carly Yoshida, Cassie Morgan, Edward Bergtholdt, Jill Ratner, Kavita Vora, Kat Wuelfing, Kelsey Hinton, Leonard Sklar, Nancy Bruce, Natalie Garcia-Grazier, Nimmi Damodaran, Paul Pierce, Renata Brillinger, Sandra Hocker, Vicki Woods

And thank you to our generous donors for the month of November!

Alex Porteshawver, Becky Quintana, Bertha Anderson, Enrique Gerardo, Esteban Morales, Fernando Serrano, Grace Munoz Rios, Jacqueline Martinez Garcel, Tutuy Montes, Juana Martinez, Karen Yohannes, Kelsey Sharp, Kristin Dobbin, Maria Magana, Maria Rivera-Alvarado, Marie Carmen Shingne, Martha Curiel, Mary Creasman, Michelle Rivera, Raquel Sanchez, Robert J. Porter, Sarah Marquez, Somphane Hunter, Steven Stieg, Veronica Rodriguez-Marin

If you would like to donate to CWC, please click here!


October 2018 eNews

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October 2018

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In less than one week, we have the opportunity to make sure safe and affordable water remains a priority for California by choosing to elect people who will represent the needs of our communities. If we all cast our ballots next Tuesday, November 6th, our voices will be heard and we can continue to solve the state’s drinking water crisis once and for all.  

Find out where to vote in person on November 6th or where to drop off your ballot. Remember, if voting by mail, you can send in your ballot by mail until end of day next Tuesday.

Adelante!

Susana and Laurel

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East Orosi Residents Speak in Support of Long-term Drinking Water Solution

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Last Monday, residents from East Orosi met with State Water Resources Control Board officials at a public meeting to discuss a proposed drinking water solution for their community. East Orosi, a small community located in rural Tulare County with nitrate-contaminated groundwater, has not had reliable access to safe drinking water for over 10 years. The State Water Board is proposing to use their authority to mandate a connection to the nearby larger community of Orosi in order to be able to provide safe water to East Orosi’s 700 residents. See coverage of the meeting from ABC 30 Fresno here.

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Groundwater quality workshops

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This October, CWC co-hosted two workshops with the goal of helping local water decision makers create effective Groundwater Sustainability Plans for their communities. 

On Wednesday October 10th, Community Water Center, Union of Concerned Scientists, Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability, and Self Help Enterprises hosted a roundtable on groundwater. Topics included regulations on groundwater quality, how groundwater levels are changing and the causes, and strategies to improve groundwater quality. 

On Saturday October 27th, CWC alongside our partners above hosted a second roundtable focusing this time specifically on Groundwater Sustainability Planning and the tools needed for effective plans including understanding water budgets (i.e. how much water flows into and out of an area and how to plan for that). 

See materials from both workshops here: https://www.communitywatercenter.org/sgma_engagement 

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Siena and Chris join the cwc team 

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Siena Rivera joins the Visalia office as a Program Assistant, helping the team with database management, office tasks and program work. Originally from Kingsburg, she is eager to help neighboring communities and families with accessibility to resources and to advocate and fight for clean water for all.

Chris Nong joins the Sacramento office as the Communications Intern, helping to create compelling communication tools and support internal communication systems..

Please join us in welcoming them both!

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San diego student highlights susana's leadership in the water justice movement

 

Martha, an elementary school student in San Diego, chose to honor CWC Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director Susana De Anda as a revolutionary for a class assignment.

Martha, a student at High Tech Elementary in San Diego, was inspired by learning that people around the world don’t have access to clean water. As a class project, she was assigned to write about someone she sees as a revolutionary. Choosing to focus on California’s drinking water fight, she chose to highlight CWC’s Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director Susana De Anda for her role in the water justice movement. See her short story on Susana here!

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¡somos el poder y el cambio!

Featured speaker Daniel Peñaloza alongside CWC Co-Founders Laurel Firestone and Susana De Anda

Last Thursday, October 11th, Community Water Center held its annual community celebration event in Visalia, California: Somos el Poder y el Cambio / We are the Power and the Change. Filled with great food, live music, and inspiring speakers, the event drew nearly a hundred community members to attend the program. Staff encouraged attendees to register and vote in California's upcoming November election. It was a powerful night and we are thankful to all those that attended or helped to make the event possible! See photos from the night here.

And a special thank you to our sponsors! Thank you for helping to make this night possible. 

Community Water Leaders: The California Endowment, Watermill Express

Community Water Friends: ACLU of Northern CA, Cultiva La Salud, EKI Environment & Water Inc., NextGen America, Policy Link, Proteus, Rural Community Assistance Corporation, US Water Alliance

Community Water Stars: Martha Davis, Restore Hetch Hetchy, Robins Borghei LLC, Weideman Group, Natural Resources Defense Council

Community Water Supporters: ACT for Women and Girls, Community Alliance for Agroecology, California League of Conservation Voters, Environmental Defense Fund, Family Healthcare Network, Kaweah Delta, PICO, Puronics Inc, Union of Concerned Scientists, Women's International League of Peace and Freedom, Tulare County Board of Supervisors

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CWC IS HIRING!

Complete job descriptions and more information on how to apply, please visit: https://www.communitywatercenter.org/careers.

Current openings:

Central Coast Community Organizer - The Community Organizer position is a regular, full-time, exempt employee position that will be primarily responsible for conducting CWC’s organizing and base-building work in communities in the Northern Central Coast Region. If you have any questions, please contact Susana De Anda at susana.deanda@communitywatercenter.org.

 

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CWC IN THE NEWS

To see the latest from CWC and our community partners, check out our news coverage here.

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RESOURCES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • $9.5 Million Available for Drinking Water in Schools which may be used to install water bottle filling stations or drinking water fountains, and for interim water supplies and treatment devices for schools where contamination is an issue. If your school or district is interested in learning more about this exciting new opportunity to improve student access to safe drinking water you can access the guidelines and application here or contact Kim Hanagan, State Water Resources Control Board at (916) 323-0624. Rural Community Assistance Corporation was selected by the State Water Resources Control Board to provide technical assistant during the grant application and implementation period. Contact them at agua4all@rcac.org for more information.
  • Funding available for water systems impacted by 1,2,3-TCP. On December 14, 2017, the State Water Board approved an early effective date for the maximum contaminant level (MCL) of contaminant 1,2,3-Trichloropropane (1,2,3-TCP). In order to obtain cost recovery for your impacted system, you need to obtain legal representation in order to sue the responsible parties, Shell and Dow Chemicals, for 1-2-3 TCP contamination. Litigation can take anywhere from a year to 3 or more years, so if you are impacted by 1-2-3 TCP and are in need of financial assistance to come into compliance with the new MCL, there are funding sources at the state available for eligible entities. The primary funding source is the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF), and the Prop 1 Groundwater Grant Fund is also a secondary option to cover instances where the DWSRF doesn’t cover. In order to qualify for state funding sources you will likely be required to show you are initiating efforts to recover costs from the responsible parties. For any questions, contact the State Water Resources Control Board.
  • Do you know if your water is safe to drink? Check out our bilingual Water FAQ page to see what steps you can take to find out what is in the water coming out of your tap.
  • Funding for Water and Energy Audits: Application and Instructions. More details on the CWSRF.

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THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS SUPPORTERS!

Huge thank you to our monthly donors, whose continual contributions help to sustain our long-term work toward achieving safe, clean and affordable drinking water for all Californians!

Amy Helfant, Anavel Valdez, Benigna Hernandez, Bill Walker, Bryan Barnhart, Carly Yoshida, Cassie Morgan, Edward Bergtholdt, Jill Ratner, Kavita Vora, Kelsey Hinton, Leonard Sklar, Nancy Bruce, Natalie Garcia-Grazier, Nimmi Damodaran, Paul Pierce, Renata Brillinger, Sandra Hocker, Vicki Woods

And thank you to our generous donors for the month of September!

Alex Porteshawver, Catherine Porter, Edward Bergtholdt, Hensley Peterson, Juanita Martinez, Katherine Panek, Lisa Friedman, Mary Burbery, Matt James, Paul Boyer, Susan Villere

If you would like to donate to CWC, please click here!


August 2018 eNews

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August 2018

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We saw an incredible show of grassroots community power at the end of August, with San Joaquin Valley residents traveling to Sacramento every day for a week to bring the reality of unsafe water to the Capitol and advocate for solutions. See pictures here! Even though the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund is delayed until 2019, the message is clear: the people united will never be divided.

We will continue the fight for passing a sustainable funding source next January, but in the meantime, we have several new opportunities to build power throughout the state that you’ll see below including our new 501(c)(4) and a new office in the Central Coast!

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CWC IN THE NEWS

The New York Times: Laurel and Susana authored a powerful Opinion piece for the New York Times lifting up the drinking water challenges across the nation and urging California lawmakers
to support a lasting solution now before the legislature.

The Sacramento Bee

The Fresno Bee: This time, a state water bond has real money intended to benefit the Valley. Excellent editorial by the Fresno Bee, which highlights why passing Proposition 3 this November is crucial to implementing water solutions throughout the state.

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JUSTICE DELAYED

After almost two years of advocacy, five days of water strikes at the Capitol, multiple legislative visits, and loud, passionate calls for government accountability, the legislative session ended without the passage of a critical two-bill package to fund safe and affordable drinking water.

Unfortunately, political self-interest trumped addressing a decades-old public health crisis impacting more than one million Californians. Concerned about potential election year fallout, the State Assembly shelved our bills for this session.

This outcome is an outrage to those who will have to go another year living with toxic taps.

Even though justice has been delayed, justice will not be denied.

Due to the courageous, steadfast and skillful advocacy by impacted residents, Speaker Rendon issued a public statement committing to making ongoing, sustainable funding a priority for the legislature when they reconvene in January.

As saddened and angry as we are in the face of this delay of justice to serve nearsighted political interests, CWC, our community partners, and allies will not be stopped from aggressively seeking a solution to California's drinking water crisis when the legislature reconvenes in January.

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COMMUNITY WATER CENTER ACTION FUND LAUNCHED!

 

This month we are launching the Community Water Center Action Fund, a 501(c)(4) organization which can participate more directly in election-related activities. This November, we will be endorsing candidates who will be accountable to their communities’ drinking water needs and speaking with thousands of Latino voters to ensure they make their voices heard. Help us build community-based power leading up to November by joining our email list and following us on Facebook and Twitter.

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NEW OFFICE IN WATSONVILLE, CA

We are excited to announce that we are opening a new office in the Central Coast! Many small, rural communities of color in this region face similar issues to the San Joaquin Valley, including nitrate contamination of groundwater supplies. We will be bringing our organizing model to the North Central Coast region with the goal of empowering local leaders to find sustainable drinking water solutions for their communities. Our Director of Community Solutions and Development Director will be based out of our Watsonville office along with two new hires (see job openings below). The office will be located at: 406 Main Street, Watsonville, CA 95076.

If you live in this area of the state and are looking to get more involved in our work, stay tuned for future community meetings and events to come!

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CWC IS HIRING!

Complete job descriptions and more information on how to apply, please visit: https://www.communitywatercenter.org/careers.

Current openings:

Central Coast Community Organizer - The Community Organizer position is a regular, full-time, exempt employee position that will be primarily responsible for conducting CWC’s organizing and base-building work in communities in the Northern Central Coast Region. If you have any questions, please contact Erica Fernandez at erica.fernandez@communitywatercenter.org.

Central Coast Program Associate - The Program Associate is a regular, full-time, non-exempt, at-will employee position that will be primarily responsible for providing administrative and program support for the Central Coast office.  If you have any questions, please contact Heather Lukacs at heather.lukacs@communitywatercenter.org.

Visalia Community Outreach Canvassers - The Community Outreach Canvasser is a temporary, part-time, hourly position primarily responsible for contacting thousands of voters through daily phone banking and door-to-door canvassing to potential voters. If you have any questions, please contact Karina Gallardo at karina.gallardo@communitywatercenter.org.

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UPCOMING CWC EVENT - SOMOS EL PODER Y EL CAMBIO

Join us on Thursday, October for our annual Visalia Water Justice Celebration! The event will include inspiring speakers, live music, a taco truck and great company! Save your spot and buy tickets by clicking the button below.

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We are still accepting sponsorships for the event! If you're interested in supporting this celebration, please see sponsorship opportunities here

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UPCOMING EVENTS

SEPT 19, TBD. Porterville United Meeting. Location TBD. If you live in the Porterville area and are wanting to get more involved, be sure to join for this month's Porterville United meeting! Please contact Karina Gallardo at 559-733-0219 or karina.gallardo@communitywatercenter.org for more information.

OCT 10, 5-7:30 PM. Groundwater Quality and SGMA Roundtable. Café 210 (210 W. Center Ave., Visalia, CA). We invited you to come and learn from experts and decision-makers from all over California and explore how groundwater management will address groundwater quality at this informative workshop. Please contact Adriana Renteria at 559-733-0219 or adriana.renteria@communitywatercenter.org for more information.

OCT 27, 10 AM - 3 PM. Groundwater Sustainability Plan Workshop. Marriott Hotel (300 South Court, Visalia, CA). Come learn about the process for creating Groundwater Sustainability Plans, and how we can all get involved to ensure we all have enough groundwater to meet our needs. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Sonia Sanchez with Self-Help Enterprises at (559) 802-1689 or SoniaS@selfhelpenterprises.org. Please RSVP by October 19th.

OCT 11, 5:30-8PM. Annual Visalia Celebration. Café 210 (210 West Center Avenue, Visalia, CA). Save the Date for our annual CWC celebration in Visalia! More information to follow.

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RESOURCES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • $9.5 Million Available for Drinking Water in Schools which may be used to install water bottle filling stations or drinking water fountains, and for interim water supplies and treatment devices for schools where contamination is an issue. If your school or district is interested in learning more about this exciting new opportunity to improve student access to safe drinking water you can access the guidelines and application here or contact Kim Hanagan, State Water Resources Control Board at (916) 323-0624. Rural Community Assistance Corporation was selected by the State Water Resources Control Board to provide technical assistant during the grant application and implementation period. Contact them at agua4all@rcac.org for more information.
  • Funding available for water systems impacted by 1,2,3-TCP. On December 14, 2017, the State Water Board approved an early effective date for the maximum contaminant level (MCL) of contaminant 1,2,3-Trichloropropane (1,2,3-TCP). In order to obtain cost recovery for your impacted system, you need to obtain legal representation in order to sue the responsible parties, Shell and Dow Chemicals, for 1-2-3 TCP contamination. Litigation can take anywhere from a year to 3 or more years, so if you are impacted by 1-2-3 TCP and are in need of financial assistance to come into compliance with the new MCL, there are funding sources at the state available for eligible entities. The primary funding source is the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF), and the Prop 1 Groundwater Grant Fund is also a secondary option to cover instances where the DWSRF doesn’t cover. In order to qualify for state funding sources you will likely be required to show you are initiating efforts to recover costs from the responsible parties. For any questions, contact the State Water Resources Control Board.
  • Do you know if your water is safe to drink? Check out our bilingual Water FAQ page to see what steps you can take to find out what is in the water coming out of your tap.
  • Funding for Water and Energy Audits: Application and Instructions. More details on the CWSRF.

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THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS SUPPORTERS!

Huge thank you to our monthly donors, whose continual contributions help to sustain our long-term work toward achieving safe, clean and affordable drinking water for all Californians!

Amy Helfant, Anavel Valdez, Benigna Hernandez, Bill Walker, Bryan Barnhart, Carly Yoshida, Cassie Morgan, Edward Bergtholdt, Jill Ratner, Kavita Vora, Kelsey Hinton, Leonard Sklar, Nancy Bruce, Natalie Garcia-Grazier, Nimmi Damodaran, Paul Pierce and Patience Milrod, and Renata Brillinger

And thank you to our generous donors for the month of August!

Catherine Trejo, Greg and Jill Stacy, James Loke, John Comella, Michael Grazier

If you would like to donate to CWC, please click here!


July 2018 eNews

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July 2018

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Dear Friend,

Looking for a way to get involved in the water justice movement? One way to support local drinking water solutions is to run for election to your local water board. Water supplies in many communities throughout the state are managed and distributed by democratically elected local water boards. In fact, in Fresno, Tulare, Kings and Kern counties alone, there are over 109 local water boards -- the majority of which have not held an election due to lack of candidates the last four years. This is an excellent way to be directly involved in ensuring the Human Right to Water is a reality in California.

Another way to take action for safe water requires less than five minutes! Call your California legislators today and let them know you want them to prioritize a solution to the state’s drinking water crisis this legislative session.

Together, we can ensure ALL Californian’s have access to safe, clean and affordable water.

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File to run in your local water board election by August 10th

Hundreds of residents in unincorporated communities are served water by publicly-elected local water boards.There are many types of local water agencies that manage water, such as Community Services Districts, Public Utilities District, Irrigation Districts, and more. These local water boards typically have five board members that each serve on the board for four year terms. Board members are responsible for overseeing planning, funding, and project implementation to secure safe drinking water, setting fair water rates, and holding public meetings for the community.

If you are interested in making a change in your community by serving on your local water board, there are two easy steps to start the process:

1) Contact your local county elections office to verify that the address where you are registered to vote is within the district you are running for.

2) Go to your county’s elections office to sign the candidacy forms in-person under the supervision of the county elections office clerk.

All paperwork must be submitted between the dates of July 16th--August 10th in order to be on the ballot for the election. To learn more about your local water board election and to help additional information on how to run, check out our resource page here or contact Adriana Renteria at (559) 733-0219 or adriana.renteria@communitywatercenter.org who will help you through the process.

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Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund

The Human Right to Water will not be achieved in California until a permanent source of funding is available to ensure that all families have clean water, both now, and for future generations. Over the past few weeks, we have been working closely with the Governor's office and the legislature to continue this historic campaign to pass the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund.

As the legislature's summer recess gets into full swing, legislators are back in their districts, paying attention to the issues that voters care about and bring to their attention. We need YOUR help in continuing to spread the message to your friends and family that we can't wait another year for a solution to this drinking water crisis and that this issue is a priority for you.

Will you share the posts below on Facebook and Twitter?

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More than 300 communities and one million Californians are exposed to polluted drinking water coming out of the taps in their homes, schools, and communities each year. This crisis has gone on for too long, and we finally have the chance to solve it. Learn more about the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund and how you can get involved in the movement for safe, clean and affordable water for ALL Californians: www.fundsafewaterca.org

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More than 1 million Californians are exposed to polluted drinking water each year. This crisis has gone on for too long, and we finally have the chance to solve it. Learn more about the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund: www.fundsafewaterca.org #NoToxicTaps

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1,2,3 - TCP

1,2,3-trichloropropane (1,2,3-TCP) is a man-made carcinogenic chemical that was added unnecessarily to a fumigant used in agriculture for many decades. Humans are exposed through ingestion of contaminated water or even by breathing in contaminated steam. The State of California recognized 1,2,3-TCP as a cancer-causing chemical present in drinking water in 1992, but took no action until Community Water Center and allies advocated for an enforceable standard. Without such a standard, public utilities didn’t have to test for the chemical, filter it out, or even advise their customers if it was in the water. On December 14, 2017, the California Water Resources Control Board adopted a Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) for 1,2,3-TCP of 5 parts per trillion, the minimum level that this chemical can be detected with current testing technology, known as the detection level. Such a stringent standard reflects the state’s recognition of 1,2,3-TCP’s toxicity.

Public water systems are now required to test monthly for 1,2,3-TCP in their drinking water sources. Sampling began in January 2018, and the first quarterly results are alarming--388 drinking water sources exceeded the 1,2,3-TCP detection level during the first quarter of 2018. Of these, 253 contaminated drinking water systems remain in use and untreated for 1,2,3-TCP. Sites range throughout the state, from Del Norte County to San Diego County, but they are concentrated in the San Joaquin Valley. The State Water Board’s first quarter report acknowledges a clear correlation between the location of the drinking water sources that exceed the 1,2,3-TCP MCL and agricultural/industrial areas.

If you use a private well near one of the identified areas on the map, it is a good idea to get your water tested. For more information about 1,2,3-TCP contact Debi Ores at 916-706-3346 or deborah.ores@communitywatercenter.org.

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Two new staff members join the CWC team!

We are excited to welcome Heather Lukacs, PhD to the CWC team this month! Heather Lukacs returns to the Center as our Director of Community Solutions. Previously, Heather was a CWC Project Director and led CWC’s interim solution projects to address drinking water challenges in the San Joaquin Valley including the Agua4All campaign, a partnership to bring safe and affordable drinking water to schools, parks, and community buildings in South Kern County, as well as the development and implementation of a community-based private well testing program.

We are also excited to have Maria Rivera join us as our new Program Associate in the Sacramento office. Both her skills and her passion for ensuring all Californians have safe and affordable water make her an excellent fit to help us to continue to grow our capacity for water justice work.

The CWC team in both our Visalia and Sacramento offices are also looking for interns to join us this fall! Our fast-paced internships allow students to learn first hand what environmental justice work entails, with a focus on organizing, communications or data entry -- depending on the position. If interested, please send your resume and a letter of interest to Kelsey at kelsey.hinton@communitywatercenter.org.

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: RECENT WATER JUSTICE NEWS

Los Angeles Times: California, the world's fifth-largest economy, has a Third World drinking water problem. Excellent editorial by the Los Angeles Times, which highlights why passing the Governor’s Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund is a no-brainer for California.

San Francisco Chronicle: Clean water left unfunded in California budget. The SF Chronicle editorial board wrote: "California has long recognized the problem. Now it needs to take serious steps to solve it."

La Opinión: Más de un millón vive sin agua limpia. Dolores Huerta took the time to author a powerful op-ed on why the legislature must pass the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund!

News Deeply: Time for California to Deliver on the Human Right to Water. Léo Heller, the United Nations special rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, urges the legislature to pass the Governor’s Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund in this op-ed for Water Deeply.

CWC'S RECENT NEWS COVERAGE. CWC's work has been featured in Telemundo, The Sacramento Bee, Univision, the Los Angeles Times and many other outlets recently. Check out our blog to stay up to date!

Be sure to check out our Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Stories blog. Over the past year, our fellow Charlotte interviewed twelve residents from different communities in the San Joaquin Valley that have struggled to access safe and affordable drinking water. See their stories here.
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UPCOMING EVENTS

JULY 31, 6:30-8:00 PM. Northern Tulare County Public Meeting. Orosi Memorial Hall (41645 Rd 128, Orosi, CA). We will be providing an update on the Northern Tulare County Regional Water Alliance Joint Powers Agency and discuss project options and how to get involved. Please contact Ryan Jensen at 559-733-0219 or ryan.jensen@communitywatercenter.org for more information.

AUG 17, 6-8 PM. Porterville United for Justice Community Meeting. Doyle Elementary School (1045 E Orange Ave, Porterville, CA). We will be providing an overview of Porterville’s Consumer Confidence Report and updates from Porterville United for Justice group. Please contact Karina Gallardo at 559-733-0219 or karina.gallardo@communitywatercenter.org for more information.

JULY 16 - AUG 10. Water Board Election Filing Window is Open. Submit the appropriate paperwork to your county within this period of time to run for election for your local water board this November. If you have questions, check out our water board elections resource page or reach out to Adriana Renteria at adriana.renteria@communitywatercenter.org or (559) 733-0219.

OCT 11, 5:30-8PM. Annual Visalia Celebration. Café 210 (210 West Center Avenue, Visalia, CA). Save the Date for our annual CWC celebration in Visalia! More information to follow.

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RESOURCES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • $9.5 Million is Available for Drinking Water in Schools! If your school is a small, disadvantaged community, apply as soon as possible before the June 30 deadline. This funding may be used to install water bottle filling stations or drinking water fountains. It can also be used for interim water supplies and treatment devices for schools where contamination is an issue. If your school or district is interested in learning more about this exciting new opportunity to improve student access to safe drinking water, you can access the guidelines and application here or contact Kim Hanagan, State Water Resources Control Board at (916) 323-0624. You can also contact CWC at 559-733-0219 or Rural Community Assistance Corporation at agua4all@rcac.org for more information.
  • Funding available for water systems impacted by 1,2,3-TCP. In order to obtain cost recovery for your impacted system, you need to obtain legal representation in order to sue the responsible parties, Shell and Dow Chemicals, for 1,2,3-TCP contamination. Litigation can take anywhere from a year to 3+ years, so if you are impacted by 1,2,3-TCP and are in need of financial assistance to come into compliance with the new MCL, funding sources at the state are available for eligible entities. The primary funding source is the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF). The Prop 1 Groundwater Grant Fund is a secondary option to cover instances the DWSRF doesn’t cover. In order to qualify for state funding sources, you will likely be required to show you are initiating efforts to recover costs from the responsible parties. For any questions, contact the State Water Resources Control Board.
  • Do you know if your water is safe to drink? Check out our bilingual Water FAQ page to see what steps you can take to find out what is in the water coming out of your tap.
  • Check out additional resources and stories in the most recent newsletter from the Office of Sustainable Water Solutions.The newsletter is available in both English and Spanish. CWC worked hard to advocate for the creation of the Office, which promotes permanent and sustainable drinking water and wastewater solutions in California’s most vulnerable communities.

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THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS SUPPORTERS!

Huge thank you to our monthly donors, whose continual contributions help to sustain our long-term work toward achieving safe, clean and affordable drinking water for all Californians!

Amy Helfant, Anavel Valdez, Benigna Hernandez, Bill Walker, Brad Coffey, Bryan Barnhart, Carly Yoshida, Cassie Morgan, Edward Bergtholdt, Jill Ratner, Kavita Vora, Kelsey Hinton, Leonard Sklar, Nancy Bruce, Natalie Garcia-Grazier, Nimmi Damodaran, Paul Pierce and Patience Milrod, and Renata Brillinger

And thank you to our generous donors for the month of June!

Bonnie Goldstein, Colleen Reid, Diana Gonz, Dieter Rutzen, Jacques Vroom, Joya Banerjee, Julie Mersch, Lisa Brown, Peter and Carole Clum

If you would like to donate to CWC, please click here!


June 2018 eNews

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June 2018

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Dear {{ recipient.first_name_or_friend }},

The movement for Safe and Affordable Drinking Water continues to grow both within CWC and throughout California. 100+ community members - both those new to this struggle and those that have spent decades advocating for safe water solutions - traveled to Sacramento to let their legislators know that we need a Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund NOW. Join the movement by taking action for safe and affordable drinking water today.

Earlier this month, our civic engagement team contacted more than 2,500 voters to talk about drinking water, voting, and ways to get involved in the movement for water justice.

We're delighted that Erica Fernandez has joined our CWC team as our new Director of Organizing, adding even more capacity to continue to build power for water justice. We're hiring for several Program Associate positions, so please send qualified candidates our way!

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100+ Community Members Travel to Sacramento Rally!

San Joaquin Valley community leaders traveled to Sacramento last week to meet with California legislators about the Governor's Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund. 

More than 100 residents from the San Joaquin Valley traveled to Sacramento to share their experiences with unsafe water and urge legislators to support the Governor’s Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund. Speakers at the rally raised their voices for safe water -- including West Goshen resident Lucy Hernandez, Lanare resident Isabel Solorio, Senator Bill Monning, Senator Ed Hernandez, Assemblymember Wendy Carrillo, State Water Resources Control Board Chair Felicia Marcus, Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture Karen Ross, Dr. Salvador Sandoval, and Dolores Huerta. See pictures from the day here, and more on the rally from Telemundo and Univision.

The Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund is needed now more than ever as more than one million Californians still lack access to the most basic human right -- safe water. We’ve been working tirelessly with an unprecedented coalition of supporters - including agriculture, business, environmental groups, health groups, labor unions, and a bipartisan group of legislators - to make this long-term solution a reality, and our communities have been waiting for decades. We need to get this done this legislative session. Take 1 minute to tell your legislator to prioritize safe and affordable drinking water NOW.

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2,500+ Latino Voters Contacted

The 2018 Civic Engagement Team at our Visalia office this May.

CWC believes that communities who lack safe and affordable water need to be driving the decision-making that impacts them, and one of the primary ways to do that is by voting. As part of our program to increase voter participation, we are calling thousands of voters to connect with them about the water issues impacting their lives and the importance of civic engagement actions, including voting, to fight for solutions.

The Civic Engagement Project team spent three weeks contacting more than 2,500 Tulare County Latino voters, exceeding the goal set for this project! They talked to voters about water in their community and reminded them to get out and vote in the June 5th primary. When asked, 89% of these voters agreed that the State of California should invest in solutions to make sure our families have safe and affordable drinking water. More than two-thirds said they wanted to help make these solutions a reality by pledging to take action. We're excited about the team's success and will keep building on this momentum into the summer and fall.

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water board election filing open from july 16th - august 10th

Local water boards, including Community Services Districts (CSDs), Public Utilities Districts (PUDs), and nonprofit Mutual water companies, as well as small cities, are responsible for implementing the Human Right to Water in many rural communities.

Recently we released a new report which looked at these local water boards and their elections: "Untapped Opportunity: Local Water Boards and the Fight for Water Justice." The report found that in the southern San Joaquin Valley, 87% of local water board seats were uncontested in the most recent election -- that’s almost 500 local seats. When only one candidate runs for a seat, the seat does not appear on a ballot, and the election does not take place. In Fresno, Kern, Kings, and Tulare counties, 75 of 109 local water boards studied have not held a single election in the last four years.

This gap of local leadership is partly due to the complicated and fragmented nature of water governance in CA, and the lack of support and resources for interested leaders to step into decision-making roles themselves. In order to address this gap, the Community Water Center has compiled resources for community leaders to learn more about local water boards and to take the next step to run in their water board election. If you or someone you know is interested in running to be on their local water board, be aware that you must submit your paperwork for candidacy within the window of July 16th - August 10th.

Reach out to our Regional Water Management Coordinator, Adriana Renteria, with any questions at adriana.renteria@communitywatercenter.org or (559) 733-0219.

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NEW DIRECTOR OF ORGANIZING at CWC

 

This month, Erica Fernandez joined CWC as our new Director of Organizing! She brings years of experience working for environmental justice, and we are so excited to be working with her. See more about Erica here and be sure to say hi if you see her around the Visalia office!

Jenny (center) with former CWC staff members Kristin and Charlotte at our annual Sacramento Water Justice Leadership Awards.

In bittersweet news, Jenny Rempel, our Director of Education and Engagement, will be moving on from her full-time position with the Center to pursue graduate studies at UC Berkeley this fall. Jenny has been with Community Water Center for four years, and in that time, she has helped us establish and expand our systems for communications, media, and community engagement, including growing our integrated voter engagement program. She is a dedicated activist, committed to building power in communities impacted by social and environmental injustices, and we know those passions will serve her well in her next chapter and as she stays involved in the water justice movement in her new capacity. We will miss Jenny and hope you can join us in wishing her luck! 

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We’re Hiring Program Associates in Visalia and Sacramento!

We are hiring Program Associates to join both our Visalia and Sacramento teams! Both Program Associates will be primarily responsible for organizational, fund development and communications work, as well as providing other policy and program support. The ideal candidate is fluent in Spanish (written and oral) and has excellent communication and organizational skills and a willingness to learn new programs. The positions could be part-time or full-time, and it is a regular, non-exempt, hourly, employee position.

To apply, please send your resume and a letter of interest to Anavel Valdez-Lupercio (anavel.lupercio@communitywatercenter.org) for the Visalia position OR Kelsey Hinton (kelsey.hinton@communitywatercenter.org) for the Sacramento position. For more information, click here!

Please share this opportunity widely with your networks!

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: RECENT WATER JUSTICE NEWS

Los Angeles Times: California, the world's fifth-largest economy, has a Third World drinking water problem. Excellent editorial by the Los Angeles Times, which highlights why passing the Governor’s Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund is a no-brainer for California.

San Francisco Chronicle: Clean water left unfunded in California budget. The SF Chronicle editorial board wrote: "California has long recognized the problem. Now it needs to take serious steps to solve it."

La Opinión: Más de un millón vive sin agua limpia. Dolores Huerta took the time to author a powerful op-ed on why the legislature must pass the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund!

News Deeply: Time for California to Deliver on the Human Right to Water. Léo Heller, the United Nations special rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, urges the legislature to pass the Governor’s Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund in this op-ed for Water Deeply.

CWC'S RECENT NEWS COVERAGE. CWC's work has been featured in Telemundo, The Sacramento Bee, Univision, the Los Angeles Times and many other outlets recently. Check out our blog to stay up to date!

Be sure to check out our Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Stories blog. Over the past year, our fellow Charlotte interviewed twelve residents from different communities in the San Joaquin Valley that have struggled to access safe and affordable drinking water. See their stories here.
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UPCOMING EVENTS

JULY 16 - AUG 10. Water Board Election Filing Window is Open. Submit the appropriate paperwork to your county within this period of time to run for election for your local water board this November. If you have questions, check out our water board elections resource page or reach out to Adriana Renteria at adriana.renteria@communitywatercenter.org or (559) 733-0219.

OCT 11, 5:30-8PM. Annual Visalia Celebration. Café 210 (210 West Center Avenue, Visalia, CA). Save the Date for our annual CWC celebration in Visalia! More information to follow.

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RESOURCES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • $9.5 Million is Available for Drinking Water in Schools! If your school is a small, disadvantaged community, apply as soon as possible before the June 30 deadline. This funding may be used to install water bottle filling stations or drinking water fountains. It can also be used for interim water supplies and treatment devices for schools where contamination is an issue. If your school or district is interested in learning more about this exciting new opportunity to improve student access to safe drinking water, you can access the guidelines and application here or contact Kim Hanagan, State Water Resources Control Board at (916) 323-0624. You can also contact CWC at 559-733-0219 or Rural Community Assistance Corporation at agua4all@rcac.org for more information.
  • Funding available for water systems impacted by 1,2,3-TCP. In order to obtain cost recovery for your impacted system, you need to obtain legal representation in order to sue the responsible parties, Shell and Dow Chemicals, for 1,2,3-TCP contamination. Litigation can take anywhere from a year to 3+ years, so if you are impacted by 1,2,3-TCP and are in need of financial assistance to come into compliance with the new MCL, funding sources at the state are available for eligible entities. The primary funding source is the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF). The Prop 1 Groundwater Grant Fund is a secondary option to cover instances the DWSRF doesn’t cover. In order to qualify for state funding sources, you will likely be required to show you are initiating efforts to recover costs from the responsible parties. For any questions, contact the State Water Resources Control Board.
  • Do you know if your water is safe to drink? Check out our bilingual Water FAQ page to see what steps you can take to find out what is in the water coming out of your tap.
  • Check out additional resources and stories in the most recent newsletter from the Office of Sustainable Water Solutions.The newsletter is available in both English and Spanish. CWC worked hard to advocate for the creation of the Office, which promotes permanent and sustainable drinking water and wastewater solutions in California’s most vulnerable communities.

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THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS SUPPORTERS!

Huge thank you to our monthly donors, whose continual contributions help to sustain our long-term work toward achieving safe, clean and affordable drinking water for all Californians!

Amy Helfant, Anavel Valdez, Benigna Hernandez, Bill Walker, Brad Coffey, Bryan Barnhart, Carly Yoshida, Cassie Morgan, Edward Bergtholdt, Jill Ratner, Kavita Vora, Kelsey Hinton, Leonard Sklar, Nancy Bruce, Natalie Garcia, Nimmi Damodaran, Paul Pierce and Patience Milrod, and Renata Brillinger

And thank you to our generous donors for the month of May!

Alan Saunders, Allison Turner, Anita Kumar Chang, Bob Pringle, Brian and Ellen Hinton, Brodie Hannibal, Claire Perry, Deborah Rosenthal, Diane Weiss, Eric Ores, Gabriel Mota, Hundt Family Foundation Inc., Iris Biblowitz, Isha Ray, Janis Buckingham, Jill and Greg Stacy, John Sauceda, Jonathan Nelson, Jorge Andre, Julia Emerson, Kevin Mori, Lakshmi Myneni, Latino Community Foundation, Laura Schewel, Leah White, Mari Amend, Mark Kines, Masha Chernyak, Nell Green Nylen, Patrick Moyle, Pattie and Charlie Firestone, Ratna Nirkondar, Richard Adler, Richard Whitt, Robert Krase, Rosanne Gross, Sara Aminzadeh, Sara Hundt, Terri Waller, The California Wellness Foundation, Triskeles Foundation

None of our work would be possible without the support of our donors. Thank you!


May 2018 eNews

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Dear {{ recipient.first_name_or_friend }},

As we continue towards securing the Governor’s Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund, we need your help! Contact your legislator today and urge them to prioritize this vital solution, which the vast majority of California voters and more than 140 organizations and local agencies support.

Don't forget -- this Tuesday is Election Day in California, so if you can vote in California, please get out and vote!

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Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund Update

San Joaquin Valley community leaders traveled to Sacramento last week to meet with California legislators about the Governor's Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund. 

This week, San Joaquin Valley residents traveled to Sacramento for the third time this year to urge their legislators to prioritize safe and affordable drinking water for ALL Californians by supporting the Governor's Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund. In addition to meeting with legislators, residents attended an Assembly budget hearing to share their experiences with unsafe and unaffordable water, and to urge committee members to support the Fund.

Join the movement by taking 1 minute to email your state legislator and tell them: In the sixth largest economy in the world, we can and must ensure that all Californians have access to safe and affordable drinking water. This crisis has gone on for far too long. Share with your friends and family to make sure we pass the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund this year!

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Canvassers are Calling thousands of Tulare County Voters!

 

Civic Engagement Program Canvasser Becky Quintana calling Tulare County voters last week

Last week, we launched a civic engagement program contacting voters about drinking water! Last fall, we were able to speak with over 2,000 rural Tulare County Latino voters and discovered that 91% believe their local elected officials need to do more to make sure our families have safe and affordable drinking water. This Spring, we are once again connecting with these voters, as well as thousands of new voters, to discuss drinking water issues and remind everyone to vote on June 5th. Keep an eye on Facebook, as we will be posting updates from the team over the next few days, and don’t forget to vote on June 5th!

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Rallies held for Safe and Affordable Drinking Water in Bakersfield and Merced

Dolores Huerta joined community members in traveling to Bakersfield on May 11th to urge support for the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund.

On Friday of National Drinking Water Week, more than 60 people, including Dolores Huerta, came out to simultaneous rallies in Merced and Bakersfield to push for the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund. The San Joaquin Valley is hard hit by toxic tap water, and residents spoke out for change. The rallies were covered by many local news stations, including Bakersfield Now, KGET, The Bakersfield Californian, Your Central Valley, and The Merced Sun-Star. Residents spoke about living with unsafe and unaffordable drinking water, and about the need for legislators to support the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund. It was a powerful day for the water justice movement and the perfect way to end National Drinking Water Week!

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An Evening of Art and Justice

Bay Area supporters joined us in Woodside, CA, for a discussion of California’s drinking water crisis and how to solve it.

On May 12th, we hosted our first fundraiser in the Bay Area - “An Evening of Art and Justice.” More than 50 people joined us for this special event to learn more about California’s drinking water crisis and Community Water Center’s work. We raised more than $15,000 for the water justice movement! A huge thank you to all that attended and to those that helped to make this event possible with their generous donations -- Lagunitas Brewing Company, Sudwerk Brewing Company, Fieldwork Brewing Company, Elizabeth Spencer Winery, Stacey Divine, and a special thank you to the Rosekrans Family for hosting us on such a beautiful property! See pictures from the event here.

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: RECENT WATER JUSTICE NEWS

La Opinión: Más de un millón vive sin agua limpia. Dolores Huerta took the time to author a powerful op-ed on why the legislature must pass the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund this year!

Your Central Valley: Dozens demand clean drinking water, support from lawmakers. Dos Palos High School senior Ace Mejia-Sanchez joined the National Drinking Water Week rally in Merced to ensure safe water for her community!

KCET: 100,000 Residents In Bountiful Central Valley Still Lack Access to Clean Water. Porterville resident Cristobal Chavez discussed his family's struggle for safe water due to high Nitrate levels in their drinking water.

CWC'S RECENT NEWS COVERAGE. CWC's work has been featured in Telemundo, La Opinión, Bakersfield Now and many other outlets recently. Check out our blog to stay up to date!

Be sure to check out our Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Stories blog. Over the past year, our fellow Charlotte interviewed twelve residents from different communities in the San Joaquin Valley that have struggled to access safe and affordable drinking water for their families. See their stories here.
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UPCOMING EVENTS

California Primary Election Day, June 5th. Make sure you get out and vote next Tuesday! You can do this by: visiting your local polling place OR returning your vote by mail ballot by mail or at any ballot drop off location in your county!  

Join us next month at Northern Tulare County community feedback meetings. We will be providing an update on the Northern Tulare County Water Alliance Joint Powers Agreement and asking for feedback on the possible alternatives to be considered for this regional water project. Tentative dates are: Seville/Yettem on June 21st, Sultana/Monsoon on June 26th and East Orosi on June 28th. Please contact Ryan Jensen at 559-733-0219 or ryan.jensen@communitywatercenter.org for more information.

SUMMER 2018, TBD. The Safe Drinking Water Data Challenge is designed to explore data’s potential to help us better understand community access to safe drinking water, anticipate vulnerabilities, and identify and deploy solutions. We will be hosting a Launch Event in the summer. Stay tuned for details on this website and join the conversation on slack and social media with #CAWaterDataChallenge. Sign up for the community mailing list to receive the latest updates.

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RESOURCES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • $9.5 Million is Available for Drinking Water in Schools! If your school is a small, disadvantaged community, apply as soon as possible before the June 30 deadline. This funding may be used to install water bottle filling stations or drinking water fountains. It can also be used for interim water supplies and treatment devices for schools where contamination is an issue. If your school or district is interested in learning more about this exciting new opportunity to improve student access to safe drinking water, you can access the guidelines and application here or contact Kim Hanagan, State Water Resources Control Board at (916) 323-0624. You can also contact CWC at 559-733-0219 or Rural Community Assistance Corporation at agua4all@rcac.org for more information.
  • Funding available for water systems impacted by 1,2,3-TCP. In order to obtain cost recovery for your impacted system, you need to obtain legal representation in order to sue the responsible parties, Shell and Dow Chemicals, for 1,2,3-TCP contamination. Litigation can take anywhere from a year to 3+ years, so if you are impacted by 1,2,3-TCP and are in need of financial assistance to come into compliance with the new MCL, funding sources at the state are available for eligible entities. The primary funding source is the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF). The Prop 1 Groundwater Grant Fund is a secondary option to cover instances the DWSRF doesn’t cover. In order to qualify for state funding sources, you will likely be required to show you are initiating efforts to recover costs from the responsible parties. For any questions, contact the State Water Resources Control Board.
  • Do you know if your water is safe to drink? Check out our bilingual Water FAQ page to see what steps you can take to find out what is in the water coming out of your tap.
  • Check out additional resources and stories in the most recent newsletter from the Office of Sustainable Water Solutions.The newsletter is available in both English and Spanish. CWC worked hard to advocate for the creation of the Office, which promotes permanent and sustainable drinking water and wastewater solutions in California’s most vulnerable communities.

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THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS SUPPORTERS!

Huge thank you to our monthly donors, whose continual contributions help to sustain our long-term work toward achieving safe, clean and affordable drinking water for all Californians!

Amy Helfant, Anavel Valdez, Benigna Hernandez, Bill Walker, Brad Coffey, Bryan Barnhart, Carly Yoshida, Cassie Morgan, Edward Bergtholdt, Jill Ratner, Kavita Vora, Kelsey Hinton, Leonard Sklar, Nancy Bruce, Natalie Garcia, Nimmi Damodaran, Paul Pierce and Patience Milrod, Renata Brillinger

And thank you to our generous donors for the month of March!

Les Deak, Dan and Linda Kida, Jennifer Rosner

None of our work would be possible without the support of our donors. Thank you!


March 2018 eNews

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March 2018

Dear Supporter,

We are getting closer to establishing a Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund with the Governor prioritizing this solution in his 2018-19 budget, more than 100 different organizations in support, and community residents continuing to put the pressure on their legislators to support this vital solution. The next three months will be crucial to the success of this campaign. Join the movement by contacting your legislators to make safe and affordable drinking water a priority!  Take action here! 

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World Water Day is tomorrow
(March 22nd)!

In honor of World Water Day tomorrow, we want to spread the word that more than one million Californians don't have access to safe drinking water -- and you can help!

1. Join us on Twitter at 11am PST on Thursday, 3/22, while we co-host a tweetchat that will dive into the causes of California’s drinking water crisis and one part of the solution, a Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund. Follow the hashtag #WWDinCA to join the conservation!

2. Sign up to host your own fundraiser here! You can do almost anything to raise money for clean water! Some of our favorites include hosting a dinner party, running a local race, or by simply asking people to join you in the fight for water justice. It only takes two minutes to create a fundraiser that will help to broaden the water justice movement!

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New Report Released from UC Davis Center of Regional Change

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The UC Davis Center for Regional Change just released a new report on the drinking water crisis in the San Joaquin Valley. The report once again demonstrates that tens of thousands of rural San Joaquin Valley residents lack safe drinking water, but solutions are within reach if needed funding is secured. Two-thirds of disadvantaged unincorporated communities in the San Joaquin Valley are within 500 feet of a public water system that is meeting drinking water standards, but they need funding to see solutions happen. Check out the executive summary and full report here.

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San Joaquin Valley Residents Travel to Sacramento for Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund Hearing

 

More than 100 San Joaquin Valley residents voiced their support for a Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund at the Capitol last week. Residents brought bottles of toxic tap water to almost 30 meetings with legislative offices, where residents shared their experiences with unsafe and unaffordable water and urged legislators to support this lasting solution to the state's crisis. In the morning, Assemblymember Susan Eggman, Senator Ed Hernandez, and Senator Andy Vidak expressed their strong support for the Fund, and encouraged their fellow legislators to join in championing this historic solution. Afterward, residents brought their toxic tap water directly to a hearing of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Resources and Transportation, where we urged the committee members to vote yes so that no one has to drink toxic tap water.

 Join in urging your legislator to support safe and affordable drinking water for all by taking action below!

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Community Water Center Honored at Irvine Leadership Awards

Co-Directors Laurel Firestone and Susana De Anda with the James Irvine Foundation President and CEO Don Howard the awards ceremony.

Each year, the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Awards recognize individuals and organizations that display a commitment to innovation and a record of success in improving people’s lives, creating opportunity, and contributing to a better California. Community Water Center was honored at a ceremony on February 28th for our tireless commitment to ensuring all Californians have access to safe and affordable water. Thank you so much for your ongoing support of our work for water justice. Together, we are moving closer to the vision of ensuring access to safe and affordable drinking water for all Californians. Read more and watch a video on Community Water Center's work here.

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Join us for an Evening
of Art and Justice on May 12th!

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: RECENT WATER JUSTICE NEWS

The Sacramento Bee and The Fresno Bee: California can't wait any longer for clean water. CWC's Policy Director Jonathan Nelson co-authored an op-ed about the vital need for a Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund.

Buzzfeed: This is what it's like to live with toxic tap water in California. A look into life for residents living without safe water and how the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund can help!

Capitol Weekly: Water and the Public Health Crisis. A great overview of the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water fund and why it is crucial to solving the drinking water crisis! 

CWC'S RECENT NEWS COVERAGE. CWC's work has been featured in the LA Times, UnivisionThe Visalia-Times Delta, and many other outlets recently. Check out our WaterBlog to stay up to date!
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UPCOMING EVENTS

APR 7, 2PM- 4PM. Community Water Leader’s Network Roundtable Discussing Representation on Water Boards. Center for Irrigation Technology at CSU Fresno (5370 N Chestnut Ave, Fresno, CA 93740). At this event, Mindy Romero, Director of the Civic Engagement Project at the UC Davis Center for Regional Change, will share results of a report she authored exploring the representation of Latinxs and women as Directors on water boards, as well as exploring Latinx voter turnout in water board elections. Reach out to Adriana Renteria at 559-733-0219 or adriana.renteria@communitywatercenter.org with more questions.

APR 14, TBD. Community Water Leader’s Network Roundtable on How to Run in a Water Board Election. Visalia. This event will focus on the importance and power water boards hold to implement the Human Right to Water in their community and will explain the process of running in a water board election. Participants will leave the event with knowledge of water board director responsibilities, duties and requirements for candidacy, as well as an understanding of the process of applying to run in an election. Participants will be given tools and resources to begin the water board election candidacy process if interested. This is a small event with RSVPs required. Please RSVP to Adriana Renteria at 559-733-0219 or adriana.renteria@communitywatercenter.org.

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RESOURCES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • $9.5 Million Available for Drinking Water in Schools which may be used to install water bottle filling stations or drinking water fountains, and for interim water supplies and treatment devices for schools where contamination is an issue. If your school or district is interested in learning more about this exciting new opportunity to improve student access to safe drinking water you can access the guidelines and application here or contact Kim Hanagan, State Water Resources Control Board at (916) 323-0624. Rural Community Assistance Corporation was selected by the State Water Resources Control Board to provide technical assistance during the grant application and implementation period. Contact them at agua4all@rcac.org for more information.
  • Funding available for water systems impacted by 1,2,3-TCP. On December 14, 2017, the State Water Board approved an early effective date for the maximum contaminant level (MCL) of contaminant 1,2,3-Trichloropropane (1,2,3-TCP). In order to obtain cost recovery for your impacted system, you need to obtain legal representation in order to sue the responsible parties, Shell and Dow Chemicals, for 1-2-3 TCP contamination. Litigation can take anywhere from a year to 3 or more years, so if you are impacted by 1-2-3 TCP and are in need of financial assistance to come into compliance with the new MCL, there are funding sources at the state available for eligible entities. The primary funding source is the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF), and the Prop 1 Groundwater Grant Fund is also a secondary option to cover instances where the DWSRF doesn’t cover. In order to qualify for state funding sources you will likely be required to show you are initiating efforts to recover costs from the responsible parties. For any questions, contact the State Water Resources Control Board.
  • Do you know if your water is safe to drink? Check out our bilingual Water FAQ page to see what steps you can take to find out what is in the water coming out of your tap.
  • Funding for Water and Energy Audits: Application and Instructions. More details on the CWSRF.
  • Check out additional resources and stories in the most recent newsletter from the Office of Sustainable Water Solutions.The newsletter is available in both English and Spanish. CWC worked hard to advocate for the creation of the Office, which promotes permanent and sustainable drinking water and wastewater solutions in California’s most vulnerable communities.

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THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS SUPPORTERS!

Huge thank you to our monthly donors, whose continual contributions help to sustain our long-term work toward achieving safe, clean and affordable drinking water for all Californians!

Amy Helfant, Anavel Valdez, Benigna Hernandez, Bill Walker, Brad Coffey, Bryan Barnhart, Cassie Morgan, Edward Bergtholdt, Jill Ratner, Kavita Vora, Kelsey Hinton, Leonard Sklar, Nancy Bruce, Natalie Garcia, Nimmi Damodaran, Paul Pierce and Patience Milrod, Renata Brillinger

And thank you to our generous donors for the month of February!

Angela Munoz, Asha Kreiling, Bessma Mourad, Blythe Young, David Cory, DeeDee D'Adamo, Geoff Ellsworth, Jaclyn Rice, Jennifer Clary, John Comella, Jordyn Wolfand, Kristin Dobbin, Marina Perez, Max Gomberg, May Kimball, Nancy Wiens, Omar Carrillo, Richard Chiolis, Sara Wilcke, Shelley Kulm, Theresa Dunham, Tim Johnson, Warner Chabot

None of our work would be possible without the support of our donors. Thank you!

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