By Elizabeth Zach, RCAC staff writer

Glass of drinking waterCalifornia’s Senate passed legislation this week allocating millions of dollars to improve contaminated drinking water.

According to Gov. Gavin Newsom, nearly one million of the state’s 40 million residents lack access to clean drinking water. If he signs the bill, $130 million would go annually to help improve water systems over the next 10 years. Funding comes from California’s cap-and-trade program.

The governor had initially proposed a water bill tax to raise money to address the state’s drinking water problems. But with California’s estimated $21.5 million surplus, lawmakers were unsupportive of the move.

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