California’s top environmental officer is calling for renewed attention to the fact that many residents lack access to clean, safe, affordable drinking water. Today, in The Sacramento Bee commentary, Matthew Rodriguez, secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency, writes that the drought has worsened rural communities’ ability to provide adequate access to drinking water, noting that, “Nearly 500 California communities that rely on public water systems lack access to clean, safe and affordable drinking water. The hardest-hit communities, many of them rural, unincorporated parts of the San Joaquin Valley not served by larger municipal water agencies, lack the capacity and the funding to maintain a reliable water supply.”

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