Demand Active Spending of Unused Safe-Drinking-Water Funds

Clean Drinking Water

Target: Ron Chapman, Director of California Department of Public Health

Goal: Use federally allocated funds for drinking water to ensure water safety

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the state of California has failed to spend money allocated for maintaining safe drinking water. The EPA is also claiming that the administration in charge of managing funds for the program is not being operated efficiently.  Implore Ran Chapman, Director of California Department of Public Health, to rectify the compliance issues in order to ensure safe drinking water standards for the state of California.

Environmental Protection Agency officials are reporting that the $455 million in federal safe-drinking water  funds are not actively being used. The Safe Drinking Water State Revolving Fund is predominantly used to finance treatment systems and other significant facilities to improve drinking water in communities that typically struggle with contaminated water systems.

The great majority of the unspent funds have been assigned to other projects that are not even ready to break ground. According to the report, at the end of the last fiscal year, California had only spent a small portion of its federal money in comparison with other states. In addition, $260 million of unpaid loans still exist that have yet to be allocated for future projects.

Jared Blumenfeld, EPA regional administrator, has sent a notice of compliance to the California Department of Public Health with a warning that corrective action should be taken within 60 days or the EPA has authority to suspend grant payments to the program. Insist that Ron Chapman, Director of California Department of Public Health, adhere to requirements set by the EPA to ensure that California drinking water remains safe.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Ron Chapman,

The Environmental Protection Agency has documented that the state of California has failed to use the $455 million in allocated funds to maintain safe drinking water in residential and rural areas. After a thorough assessment by the EPA, it was discovered that $39 billion is still required to ensure that the necessary water system improvements be made by the year 2026.

Cleanliness of drinking water is a crucial necessity in maintaining public health, especially in areas where water systems have been compromised or are otherwise not functioning as they should. Therefore, I implore you to comply with the EPA’s mandates in a timely manner to improve drinking water for the entire state of California.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Joost Nelissen via flickr

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