Our Purpose

Each year, one million Californians are exposed to unsafe drinking water. Approximately 300 water systems – spanning every region of the state – fail to meet safe water standards. Contaminated water is a public health disaster – putting Californians at risk for cancer, birth defects, heart disease, diabetes and infant mortality.

To fix California's toxic taps crisis, community, health, labor, and business organizations and families living with contaminated water have come together to support legislation to create a sustainable Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund.

On July 24, 2019, Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation providing a source of funding needed to maintain safe, affordable water systems that serve our most vulnerable communities up and down the state. Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund Coalition members joined the governor in the Central Valley to mark this historic moment, noting "As Governor Newsom’s signature closes one chapter in our historic march toward justice, it begins a new phase in which communities will be vigilant that these funds are used swiftly and surely to realize the human right to safe, affordable drinking water across California.”

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Facts About California's Water Crisis

Low-income communities and communities of color are disproportionately harmed by unsafe, unaffordable drinking water.

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Disadvantaged communities often "pay a triple penalty" to obtain safe water: not only do they face health risks, their bills for toxic water tend to be higher, and they have to buy expensive bottled water to drink, cook and bathe.

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More than two-thirds of California voters said they would be willing to pay as much as an additional one dollar per month on their water bill to fix unsafe levels of contamination.

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Communities Without Safe Drinking Water Celebrate Historic Victory as Governor Newsom Signs Legislation to Deliver on Human Right

“Governor Newsom’s signature on SB 200 is a historic moment for the communities across our state who have worked for decades to secure the human right to safe, affordable drinking water. Through tireless work, organizing, advocacy and education, they raised awareness of and demanded justice for the one million Californians living with toxic taps."

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California Governor Signs Bill To Fund Safe Drinking Water Projects

About 1 million Californians lack access to safe drinking water, according to the governor’s office. “The fact that more than a million Californians can’t rely on clean water to drink or bathe in is a moral disgrace,” Newsom said in a news release. “Parents shouldn’t have to worry about their kids drinking from the water fountain at school, and families shouldn’t have to dump water over their heads to shower every day.”

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‘We’ve been neglectful, and it’s outrageous.’ Newsom signs clean water bill in Fresno County

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday signed into law the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund bill in the tiny Fresno County community of Tombstone Territory — where residents rely on bottled water because the water from their private wells is contaminated. Starting next year, Senate Bill 200 will provide $130 million annually to clean up drinking water in California communities like Tombstone that lack access to safe water.

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