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.

This effort is being led by Community Water Center, Clean Water Action, Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability, and our allies.

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.

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TOME ACCIÓN: Dígale a la Asamblea de California que apoye SB 623! 

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Estoy muy preocupad@ de que en California existen personas que no tengan acceso a un agua limpia, sana, y económica. Más de 300 comunidades y un millón de californianos no tienen acceso a este derecho humano básico. Esta crisis de salud pública ha ocasionado que las familias paguen más del 10 por ciento de su ingreso para comprar agua potable.

La Propuesta de Ley del Senado 623 estaría proponiendo una fuente de fondos para asegurar a todos los californianos a que tengan acceso al agua limpia, sana y económica. La Mesa Estatal del Agua ha recomendado este tipo de propuesta de ley por varios años. Yo apoyo la Propuesta SB 623, y algunas encuestas demuestran que no estoy sola – más de dos tercios de los californianos aprueban la Propuesta SB 623.

Por favor, ¡apoya la SB 623! En la sexta economía más grande del mundo, nosotros tenemos y debemos asegurarnos de que todos los californianos tengan acceso al agua sana, limpia, y económica.

Sinceramente,

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TAKE ACTION: Tell the California Assembly you support SB 623!

Dear California Assemblymembers,

I am deeply concerned that my fellow Californians do not have access to safe and affordable drinking water. More than 300 communities and a million Californians lack access to this basic human right. This public health crisis has left some families paying as much as 10 percent of their monthly income for drinking water.

Senate Bill 623 would provide an ongoing source of funding to ensure all Californians have access to safe and affordable drinking water. The State Water Board has recommended this type of legislation for years. I strongly support SB 623, and recent polling shows that I am not alone — more than two-thirds of Californians approve of the approach in SB 623.

Please support SB 623! In the sixth largest economy in the world, we can and must ensure that all Californians have access to safe and affordable drinking water.

Sincerely,
The Undersigned 

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