California affirmed the human right to safe and affordable drinking water in 2012, but five years later, 300 communities and a million Californians lack access. Children are particularly at risk. California must take the lead to protect its families now and into the future by creating a safe and affordable drinking water fund.
California affirmed the human right to safe and affordable drinking water in 2012, when it became the first state in the country to legislatively declare that “every human being has the right to safe, clean, affordable, and accessible water.
Five years later, still, 300 communities and a million Californians — significantly more than the population of Flint, Michigan — lack this basic human right, as they are exposed to unsafe drinking water each year.
Children are especially at risk. As many as one in four schools in the Central Valley have been impacted by unsafe drinking water. Some are having to spend their limited school budget – meant for books and teachers – on bottled water.
California has always been a leader, and we have high standards in almost every area of public life. It’s time we caught up on drinking water.
Some recent media coverage of this issue:
- NBC Bay Area: ‘A Tragedy’: Hundreds of Thousands of California Residents Exposed to Contaminated Water: http://www.nbcbayarea.com/
investigations/A-Tragedy- Hundreds-of-Thousands-of- California-Residents-Exposed- to-Contaminated-Water- 415136393.html
- LA Times: California lawmakers are stuck on Trump, but there’s a problem at home that needs attention: dirty water: http://www.latimes.com/
politics/la-pol-sac-skelton- san-joaquin-valley-water- 20170213-story.html
- The Fresno Bee: Worrying and still waiting for safe drinking water after cancer claimed her daughter: http://www.fresnobee.com/news/
local/water-and-drought/ article129291969.html# storylink=cpy
- The Sacramento Bee: California has its own Flint, needs funding for safe drinking water: http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/
- SF Weekly: Drinking Water Crisis Brewing in California: http://www.sfweekly.com/news/