California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 974 into law on Sept. 29. The bill, sponsored by nonprofit organizations Rural Community Assistance Corporation and Self-Help Enterprises, exempts certain small drinking water system projects from the California Environmental Quality Act.
The House recently approved a bill that would amend the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) to include an additional $22.5 billion for water infrastructure. The HR 2 “Moving Forward Act” would distribute funds annually at $4.5 billion per year until 2025.
An estimated one million Californians lack access to clean drinking water, which requires them to purchase bottled water for everyday use. Now, amidst the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, these residents are finding bottled water in short supply.
With the public taking increasing precautions to stay safe from COVID-19, public health officials have issued a statement that tap water is safe to drink in the context of COVID-19.
A recent report published by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that 20 cities and regions nationwide have heightened levels of toxic chemicals in tap water. Several large metropolitan areas such as Washington D.C., Sacramento, Philadelphia, Miami and Louisville were among them.