California is the Golden State. But after representing unlimited opportunity to generations of Americans, our state is also now home to hundreds of thousands without access to the most basic life necessity: clean water.
• Upwards of 300 public water systems in California are out of compliance with drinking water standards
• As many as 1 in 4 schools in the Central Valley have been impacted by unsafe drinking water
• Upwards of 300 small public water systems statewide cannot provide clean, safe drinking water.
• These systems struggle with pollutants like arsenic, nitrates, uranium, perchlorate, and lead.
• Prolonged exposure to contaminated drinking water is proven to be harmful to human health and can lead to miscarriages, birth defects, development problems, and elevated cancer levels.
• Latino and low-income communities are more likely to be exposed to unsafe drinking water.
• The problem of unsafe drinking water is likely to get worse.
A 2017 poll by Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates found intense concern about the potential for drinking water contamination, and strong support for efforts by state and local government to address it.
• 85% of Californians would be extremely or very concerned if their drinking water were contaminated.
• 72% would be willing to pay to fix drinking water problems.
• 71% of Californians think we should invest in infrastructure to ensure the safety of our drinking water.
• Californians are concerned about safe drinking water not only in their communities but across the state.