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California Capitol Briefing
California Drinking Water Crisis: Flint in Our Backyard. California Capitol Briefing, February 7, 2017.
Diana Gonzalez Story- Contaminated Water
Diana Gonzalez shares her story of living with contaminated for most of her life.
Diana Gonzalez Story
Diana Gonzalez shares the negative health impacts from drinking contaminated water for a prolonged period.
Sandra & Machelle Bottled Water
Two residents from the town of Alpaugh share how much they spend on bottled water each month on top of their current water bill.
Sandra & Machelle Contaminated Water
Two residents from the town of Alpaugh share their story of living with contaminated drinking water.
Sandra & Machelle Illness
Two residents of Alpaugh, CA share the negative health impacts of living with contaminated drinking water.
Lenord talks about having to buy bottled water or boil water and store it.
Lenord Story 2
Lenord tells the story of his community's water infrastructure.
Lenord Story 3
Lenord tells the story of living with contaminated drinking water.
What Others are Saying
Environmental Defense Fund
“It is an absurd notion that, within an easy afternoon’s drive of the hub of the world’s tech industry and several of the country’s most affluent cities, tens of thousands of our fellow Californians don’t have access to clean drinking water.”
UC Davis School of Law and former associate justice on the California Supreme Court
“California doesn’t have a water crisis. It has a human crisis. We must all advocate for local, national and global policies that provide safe drinking water to every Californian.”
Co-Executive Director & Co-Founder, Community Water Center
"We work with California families that have gone for a decade with polluted water flowing from their taps. No one should have to wait that long for safe water. The communities dealing with unsafe and unaffordable water need our state leaders to take action this year to address this urgent need."
Community Engagement and Planning, Self-Help Enterprises
“I grew up in a farm worker family in the San Joaquin Valley. My parents had to buy bottled water because the water was not safe to drink. Many small, disadvantaged farm worker communities need clean water and jobs. We must continue working together to find solutions.”
Former Sacramento City Councilmember
“As a former Water Quality Control Board member in the Sacramento region, and a former Sacramento City Councilman, it’s appalling to know that major segments of our state don’t have clean drinking water. I call on our elected leaders to join with me and others and take a stand to work on practical solutions to address this water crisis.”
Bay Area Council
“Contaminated drinking water can result in lifelong damages to children’s health, and costly negative social economic impacts for future generations. California is the world’s six largest economy, and home to vast technological and financial resources. There’s simply no excuse for any Californian to lack access to safe, clean drinking water.”
State Food & Agriculture Board
“As a farmer, I know that we can produce healthy and nourishing crops while ensuring that all Californians have access to clean and affordable drinking water. We just need to do it.”
CEO, Tree People
“As a former state legislator, I find it unacceptable that nearly one million Californians lack access to clean water. We must address this problem, and especially in in our most vulnerable communities. Every Californian deserves to have safe and affordable water to drink in their homes.”
Associate Director, Office of Community and Economic Development at Fresno State
Ismael D. Herrera, Jr.
"It's unacceptable that in 21st Century California unsafe drinking water continues to afflict the most vulnerable populations in our state. We must help our disadvantaged communities and demand the political will and funding needed to remedy these inhumane conditions."
Founder, WELL - (Water Education Latino Leaders)
"WELL, along with other organizations, is working hard to bring clean, safe and affordable water to all Californians thereby ensuring the quality of life and a strong economy that all residents and businesses expect and deserve."
Interim Executive Director, Latino Coalition for a Healthy California
"Water is life. As the 6th largest economy in the world, ALL Californians should be able to drink safe water regardless of the type of neighborhood you come from or your income level. Structural and systemic failures, such as lack of safe drinking water is a threat to our communities' health and well being. We need to take immediate steps to undo this injustice that has been ignored for too long!"
President and CEO, Fresno Area Hispanic Foundation
"Water is essential for our children, our families, and our businesses. We must advocate for policies that will ensure safe drinking water for all homes and businesses in California."
Executive Director, Public Health Advocates
Harold Goldstein, DrPH
"The California legislature has already defined access to safe drinking to be a basic human right. Now it is time to make that right a reality for every person in our great state! Absolutely nothing is more critical to public health than universal access to safe drinking water."
Senior Vice President, Environment and Energy, Silicon Valley Leadership Group
"California is home to the sixth largest economy in the world. It is simply unacceptable that huge portions of our state – more than one million residents – lack access to safe and affordable drinking water. Silicon Valley, renowned for bringing forward innovative ideas to solve old problems, looks forward to helping find workable solutions to address this problem."