Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Central Valley Rural Residents Strive for Safe, Affordable Water

California’s Human Right to Water became the law in 2012, but the drinking water crisis has not abated. While some funding has been provided to improve water systems in some communities, the effort has fallen far short of what is required. Over 260 public and private water systems in the state are out of compliance with safe drinking water standards. That leaves hundreds of thousands of residents without affordable and safe water. Many of them live in the Central Valley. Recently, an effort to secure an ongoing source of funding failed to pass the legislature. But clean water advocates across the state are pressing for action before the end of the legislative session this year. Vic Bedoian reports from Fresno.