California’s Senate passed legislation this week allocating millions of dollars to treat contaminated drinking water. According to Gov. Gavin Newsom, nearly one million of the state’s 40 million residents lack access to clean drinking water.
While recent wildfires in California have destroyed land and structures, and killed residents, their threat to water districts has received less attention but is just as devastating.
Although Congress and the White House have assured Americans of a plan to invest in drinking water pipes and sewage treatment plants, both rural and urban communities are for now relying on existing loans and grants. Meanwhile, drinking water costs are rising, albeit incrementally.
Rivers throughout Colorado, Utah and Wyoming are receiving abundant water from strong winter snowpack, easing drought fears but also pushing water over river banks.
Low-income workers throughout the country–in 99 percent of counties–cannot afford housing, say researchers in an annual report by the National Low Income housing Coalition (NLIHC).