The public is invited to attend a hearing on SB 623 (Monning) on April 19, at 8:30 AM. The hearing will most likely be between 9:30 and 11:00 AM.

More than one million Californians, 300 communities, lack access to safe and affordable drinking water, with children at particular risk to the health impacts of unsafe water. It’s a crisis that dwarfs Flint Michigan in size and complexity and it’s happening right in our own backyard.

Small systems are often unable to meet drinking water standards because they are unable to afford the cost of drinking water treatment – there is no existing funding source to support ongoing critical needs like operation and maintenance (O&M).

SB 623 (Monning) would establish a new Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund to be housed at the State Water Resources Control Board. The Fund, once implemented, could be used to meet long-standing gaps in funding that have prevented so many communities from being able to provide reliable safe drinking water to their constituents. The Fund could also be used to support other safe and affordable drinking water programs and solutions.

For more information about this hearing, visit http://senv.senate.ca.gov/agenda

Also visit fundsafewaterca.org for highlights on the challenges of safe drinking water in California.