Recently, I joined Assembly Member Henry T. Perea and local leaders on a visit to the Tulare County communities of Cutler, Orosi and East Orosi - communities that are struggling to provide safe, clean drinking water to the region.
As the newly appointed state public health officer, I wanted to hear first-hand from the individuals and families who have deep concerns about the availability of clean drinking water and the impact on their health.
Access to clean, safe drinking water is a basic human right and something everyone deserves! There are many water quality and infrastructure problems plaguing our rural communities and there is no easy fix but we are making strides to ensure everyone has access to clean, safe drinking water.
When we talk about the need for clean water, we are not talking about far away third-world countries--We are talking about communities not far from where we all live. Everyone deserves access to water and I look forward to continuing this fight.
Clean Water In the News
- Perea wants to streamline water funding for small towns
- EDITORIAL: Perea's bill is a boost to drinking water efforts
- Push for clean water in the South Valley - ABC 30
- An Unquenched Thirst - Fresno Bee
- Governor approves health-related laws, including water bills - Vida En El Valle
Your Water Quality
Here are three ways you can find out about the water in your community.
Ask your local drinking water provider for a copy of its consumer confidence report. This annual report details the monitoring results over the past year.
Ask your local drinking water provider for a copy of its Source Water Assessment. This report identifies the sources of contamination in the area that threaten your drinking water supply.
Look up information on contamination in your community.
For more information on how to get involved in the fight for clean water visit www.communitywatercenter.org or call my office 559-445-5532.
P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249-0031
Tel: (916) 319-2031
Fax: (916) 319-2131
Hugh Burns State Building
2550 Mariposa Mall
Fresno, CA 93721
Tel: (559) 445-5532
Fax: (559) 445-6006