The Human Right to Water A First in California and the Nation

The Human Right to Water
A First in California and the Nation

Water Contamination
As many as 8.5 million Californians rely on supplies by providers that have had more than five instances of unsafe levels in a single year.  More than 11.5 million Californians rely on water from suppliers that had at least one violation of State Drinking Water Standards as reported to the Department of Public Health in 2004. Central Valley and Central Coast region communities are at particular risk of adverse health impacts from contaminated water supplies. More than 90% of communities depend on groundwater for drinking, but nitrate levels in groundwater from agricultural run-off are often well above safe limits.

Package of Six Bills: Summary

  • AB 685 (Assemblymember Eng) - Establishes the human right to water in by declaring  that every human being has the right to clean, affordable, and accessible water for human consumption, cooking, and sanitary purposes adequate for the health and well-being of the individual and family. WILPF has endorsed this bill on behalf of the CA Branches and Members.
  • AB 938 (Assemblymember Perez) - Requires that public health notifications about water be made available in the languages the community speaks.
  • AB 983  (Perea) Drinking Water SRF – This bill makes some technical, non substantive changes to provisions of the Safe Drinking Water State Revolving Fund
  • AB 1187 (Assemblymember Fong) - Requires that the State Water Plan include a plan to provide everyone in California with safe drinking water.
  • AB 1221 (Assemblymember Alejo) - Ensures access to funding to clean up contamination for disadvantaged communities.
  • AB 244 (Senator Wolk) – Requires that when local municipalities update their general plan they include a plan to provide adequate water services to impacted island or fringe communities

The California Water Summit
Click here for more information on this package of bills and on the California Water Summit.

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