Target: Kevin de Leon, President Pro Tempore, California State Legislature
Goal: Ensure California state legislature fully supports safe drinking water measures.
In 2012 California became the first state to pass legislation establishing access to safe, clean, affordable drinking water as a human right for every resident. Unfortunately, reports of widespread water shortages and contamination have cast doubt on the state’s commitment to upholding that ideal.
According to the California Water Resources Board, over 700,000 residents currently lack access to clean drinking water. Many in rural counties risk exposure to dangerous chemicals. For example, water testing in a small Central Valley farming community revealed uranium levels five times above those deemed safe by the Environmental Protection Agency. Thousands of residents in small rural towns dependent on well-supplied water have gone completely without access for several years, relying on public shower facilities and bottled water, as the state has suffered through prolonged drought conditions.
As the sixth largest economy in the world with a GDP of 2.6 trillion, exceeding that of France, California has the resources to ensure each resident has access to safe drinking water. The state legislature has proposed bundling small struggling water utilities together to increase overall capacity. However, only one such project has been completed to date, and the legislature has not committed necessary funding for long-term infrastructure development to ensure water quality in communities impacted by contamination. Please sign the below petition demanding the state legislature fulfill its promise of clean drinking water to all California residents.
Dear Mr. de Leon,
As you are aware, California committed to providing safe, clean drinking water to all state residents through AB 685. However, almost five years after its passage over 700,000 Californians still suffer from water contamination or have no access at all.
It is inexcusable that a state with the world’s sixth largest economy has not been willing to commit the necessary resources to protect long-term water quality. You have a responsibility as a public servant to both ensure public safety and adherence to California state law. Please make a commitment in the legislature to fully fund clean water infrastructure throughout the state.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Sgt. Anna-Marie Ward