Community Health, Youth Voices
A law presented to ensure safe drinking water for rural California communities received unanimous bipartisan support. The bill would amend the California Safe Drinking Water Act and require the State Water Resources Control Board to regulate groundwater against unsafe levels of arsenic. Testing in the Coachella Valley found that dozens of water systems had arsenic levels above the maximum contaminant limit. The rural communities most affected by arsenic contamination are home to farmworkers and mobile home residents, who rely on well water rather than municipal sources. Find out more on Coachella Unincorporated.