By Jennifer Clary, California Program Associate
In February two reports about Californians’ drinking water quality were delivered to the state legislature. The first report “Californians with Contaminated Groundwater” found that the source water for 21 million Californians is contaminated and that nearly half a million Californians have unsafe water at the tap (see footnote 1) . The second report “Recommendations Addressing Nitrate in Groundwater” provides 15 recommendations to prevent continued contamination of groundwater by nitrate and provide safe drinking water in two of California’s most intensively cultivated agricultural areas.
The highest priority recommendation from California’s State Water Quality Control Board is that “a new funding source be established to ensure that all Californians, including those in Disadvantaged Communities (DACs) have access to safe drinking water.” Read the rest of this entry »