Target: Governor of California, Jerry Brown
Goal: To clean the water supply in an impoverished California town where high levels of nitrate and other life threatening chemicals make the water unsafe to use and drink
The town of Seville, California currently resembles the conditions of a third world country. As children break for school recess, their water fountains are dry. High levels of nitrate pump through the water supply of this small community consisting of approximately 300 people. It is horrifying to learn that chemical fertilizers, animal waste, pesticides, and many other harmful chemicals currently pollute the waters of this poor California town. Not only is the average income just $14,000 a year for many of the families that call Seville home, but the state continues to allow filthy water to circulate the area where residents must pay double for bottled water to drink, wash clothes, cook, and brush their teeth.
One of the primary jobs in the day in the life of an impoverished Californian is making sure children do not drink the contaminated water. One sixth grader of the impoverished town describes the water as “weird foggyish water.” Seville resident Rebecca Quintana describes the chemical-infested water as, “You can’t smell it. You can’t see it. It looks like plain beautiful water.” Yet the water continues to threaten life with high levels of nitrate in the entire supply of Tulare county that supplies nearly 2.6 million residents.
One of the most essential elements for human survival has failed to be recognized by the state as important; the town still needs the proper safe installation of a water infiltration system. Instead of creating a fair and clean water system, the government responds with a “how is it going to be paid for” attitude. This is evident in the past efforts of the Human Right to Water bill which makes it a state requirement to finance a clean water supply. The efforts made by a network of community residents working with the non-profit Community Water Center were delayed due to bureaucratic technicalities.
It is unacceptable and inhumane for the state of California to deny impoverished communities clean water. The state must immediately work to provide the people of Tulare County a water filtration system to ensure their safety.
Dear Jerry Brown,
It is unacceptable to allow filthy, chemical-filled water to supply the impoverished town of Seville and entire county of Tulare. The children of California are suffering from contaminated water in their very homeland and the state continues to avoid taking action for the protection of their health. Not only is the most basic essential element of life denied to these nearly 2.6 million people, but most people in the town of Seville earn on average just $14,000. To make them pay double for bottled water is truly unfair.
Most people living on the contaminated soil of Seville are concerned all throughout the day and night that their children will drink or use tap water in daily activities, including brushing teeth and washing clothes. These conditions are similar to third world countries where the water cannot be used because of high levels of bacteria, as well as nitrate, arsenic and many other fatal chemicals. The county of Tulare is one of the world’s leading dairy producers and its animal waste lagoons seep into the air and soil. This is sickening and completely avoidable if the responsible measures are taken by the state to immediately clean the filthy water supply.
It’s the governor’s job to protect the residents of California. It’s up to you to avoid the death and sickness of many people who call California their home. Please take responsibility as governor and leader of the state and provide these people with the most basic of human needs.
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