RCAC joined a drinking water advocate coalition to ask California lawmakers for more funding to support small disadvantaged water systems and to provide access to safe drinking water for schools.
During an Assembly Budget Committee No. 3 Resources and Transportation meeting, RCAC CEO Stanley Keasling noted that the drinking water advocates group has proposed a $56 million budget package to advance the human right to water in California.
Until a crisis occurs like the lead-contaminated water in Flint, Michigan, most Americans don’t think much about where their water comes from or if it’s safe.
In what could bode well for other small water systems in California, the city of Tulare will merge its water system with Pratt Mutual Water Co., which serves the neighboring disadvantaged community of Matheny Tract’s 1,200 residents.
Schools in Oregon—10 so far— have fallen outside regulatory limits for lead in their drinking water during the past four years, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Moreover, many schools in the state have yet to be tested.
A proposed $5.4 billion pipeline expansion that would carry oil from Alberta, Canada to the Vancouver, Washington area, where it will then be shipped across the PipelineStrait of Juan de Fuca to Asian and U.S. markets, could also threaten Tribal lands and resources, according to a lawyer representing the Tribes.