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Four Surprising Truths About Drinking Water in California

Community advocates have been relentless in the fight for a real, lasting solution. The more those in power grapple with the hard truths of unsafe drinking water, the better chance we have of ending this crisis once and for all.
Today, more than 300 public water systems in California serve unsafe drinking water, according to public compliance data compiled by the California State Water Resources Control Board. It is a slow-motion public health crisis that leaves more than one million Californians exposed to unsafe water each year, according to public health officials.

Alesandra Najera’s recent blog “Four surprising truths about drinking water in California” summarizes some of her findings as she traveled up and down California. As she points out, there’s toxic drinking water in every part of the state. It’s past time for California to provide clean water for all people.

Si si puede!

Alesandra Nájera provides planning and strategy development advice and support for program implementation and coordination for safe drinking water, water efficiency and Salton Sea/Colorado River initiatives. Prior to joining the Water Foundation, she was a Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, and to Congressman John Garamendi. She previously served as a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute STEM Graduate Fellow in the Office of the Secretary at the Department of the Interior.

Alesandra received both undergraduate and Master’s degrees from Stanford University, while working at Joint Venture Silicon Valley.

June 10, 2019
Photo Credit: Rozette Rago for The New York Times

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