Policy news

water dropsRCAC worked with a group of drinking water advocates to secure $10 million in the 2016-2017 California budget to advance the Human Right to Water.

The budget includes $9.5 million for improved water access and quality in schools and an additional $500,000 for nonprofit organizations to provide support for outreach and technical assistance. Additionally, $565,000 was allocated to fund positions at the State Water Resources Control Board to improve drinking water monitoring and data collection.

The investments included in the budget will provide safe drinking water for more than one hundred thousand California schoolchildren, many of whom live in small, low-income communities impacted by unsafe drinking water. For these students, school is the only option for access to free, fresh drinking water, which is essential to health and educational attainment.

Read the press release here >>


Consolidation

The Governor’s water system consolidation budget trailer bill, which was signed into law in June 2015 gives the state tools to help hundreds of California communities to access safe drinking water. RCAC and its collaborative partners are engaged in ongoing conversations with the state on consolidation of small water systems. Consolidation means that a neighboring water system will take over responsibility to provide drinking water service to customers of a smaller system that is unable to provide safe and reliable water to its customers. For more information view the press release and fact sheet.


Compliance

Agua4All

The California Endowment launched Agua4All in 2014, a pilot project in partnership with nonprofit organizations Rural Community Assistance Corporation, Community Water Center and Pueblo Unido CDC. The team installed nearly 190 water bottle filling stations in South Kern County and Eastern Coachella Valley and more than 127 point-of-use arsenic filters in the Arvin community. Agua4All raises awareness about the lack of safe drinking water access in schools and communities; creates unique public-private partnerships to install water bottle filling stations where they are needed most; and advocates for sustainable long-term solutions to ensure safe drinking water for all. With the pilot complete, plans are underway to expand the program to other California communities. Read more about Agua4All here.

Arvin interim solutions POU program

The California State Water Resource Control Board (SWRCB) awarded funds to RCAC to procure, install and monitor point-of-use (POU) arsenic filtration systems throughout the city of Arvin. The POU filters will remove arsenic from the drinking water using carbon block media adsorption technology. The filtered water will then meet safe drinking water standards.

The program reached a significant milestone early in its second year, providing 100,000 gallons of safe drinking water to students and community members between June 2015 and November 2016.

Read the press release here.

Read more about Arvin POU solutions here.