The federal Bureau of Reclamation is restricting the amount of water Arizona and Nevada, as well as Mexico, extract from the Colorado River because the Lake Mead reservoir is alarmingly low.
After the Camp Fire in Paradise, California, last year, scientists found that burned plastics in some water lines had released high levels of cancer-causing benzenes. Those toxic agents are still in Paradise’s water, they now say.
More than 100 million Americans rely on groundwater, but a recent study finds that wells are going dry and well owners are drilling ever deeper.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation that secures $1.3 billion to help water systems deliver safe drinking water to more than a million residents.
Democratic presidential candidates have come out with plans to ensure all Americans have access to clean water, among them is California Sen. Kamala Harris who recently focused on water crises around the country.