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. This solution provides the source of funding needed to maintain safe, affordable water systems that serve our most vulnerable communities up and down the state.

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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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More Urgency for Legislature to Pass Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund After New Report Finds Lead-Contaminated Water in More than 400 California Schools

A new report released today from CALPIRG Education Fund found “pervasive lead contamination” in school drinking water in cities across California, emphasizing the urgency for California’s legislature to pass the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund. Governor Newsom’s January budget, SB 200 (Monning) and AB 217 (E. Garcia) each provide ongoing funding needed to deliver safe water to California children and families through a small fee on water users, exempting payers with low incomes.

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Gov. Newsom delivers a message: ‘We’re in this together’

The governor of a state of 40 million cannot be expected to do the work of a county supervisor or school board member. But Newsom’s presence in Stanislaus County was significant. And making clean water one of his first priorities undoubtedly will help county supervisors and school board members across the state do their jobs better.

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The City of Huron's city council voted unanimously to provide a resolution in support of the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund. Thank you City of Huron and Mayor Léon for supporting safe and affordable drinking water for all Californians! #NoToxicTaps

Lead contamination in 400 CA schools’ drinking water! Lead affects kids’ learning & health-no level is safe. #CAleg must make safe drinking water a priority for young minds & bodies-pass the Safe & Affordable Drinking Water Fund. https://t.co/DJ1hajsNgV #NoToxicTaps @CALPIRG

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