Most of us take for granted our ability to turn on the tap and drink the water that flows from it. More than 1 million Californians, however, cannot take this basic human right for granted. Their water is not safe to drink and, in some cases, may not be safe for any household use. Instead, they have to spend thousands of dollars a year on bottled water—dollars that residents of the impoverished communities most impacted by this problem don’t likely have. Flint, Michigan may have brought a national spotlight to water issues, but many low-income families have been living with the lack of safe water for years.
Together, clean water advocates, impacted communities and their elected representatives are calling for a Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund to invest in new infrastructure, replace old infrastructure, provide emergency water supplies, support expensive water treatment and guarantee every Californian the human right to water.