California is the Golden State. But after representing unlimited opportunity to generations of Americans, our state is also now home to over a million of people without access to the most basic life necessity: clean water.
• Approximately 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
• Approximately 300 public water systems in California are out of compliance with drinking water standards.
• 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, African-American 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.