Low-income Californians can get help with their phone bills, their natural gas bills and their electric bills. But there’s only limited help available when it comes to water bills.
That could change if the recommendations of a new report are implemented into law. Drafted by the State Water Resources Control Board, the report outlines the possible components of a program to assist low-income households facing rising water bills.
Healdsburg Mayor Jim Wood is a dentist who believes in the
effectiveness of fluoridated water in combating tooth decay. But
he won’t be writing the argument against a November ballot
measure to remove fluoride from the city’s water.
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack visited drought-stricken
homeowners on Friday in Central California, saying drought and
climate change would require major investment to secure future
As California’s drought really starts to bite–the mandatory
water use restrictions approved by the state Tuesday are just the
beginning–questions are bound to be raised about the
indescribably wasteful use of water to retail bottlers.
From the Los Angeles Times, in a commentary by Karin Klein:
Bottled water is usually a waste of money and, beyond that, an
environmental mess. … Now people are starting to question
the environmental cost of allowing water-bottling operations in
the state’s drought-stricken areas — specifically, Arrowhead
Mountain Spring Water.
Opponents of fluoridated water opened a new front in their
campaign Monday, urging the Healdsburg City Council to put
warning labels in utility bills advising residents not to mix
city water with baby formula for infants under 6 months old.
“Not satisfied with their efforts to kill a plan for addressing
Sonoma County’s horrendous dental problem among children, the
anti-fluoridation folks have turned their sights on Healdsburg,
hoping to pull the plug on a program that has existed there for
“As calls flooded into the Hemet water department Thursday after
the city had to shut down two wells because of high nitrate
levels, city officials worked to assure residents that there are
no dangers in tap water.”
From the Healthy Waters for the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) Mid-Atlantic Region blog:
“In spring time, I
always look forward to seeing the flowers blooming, baseball
season beginning, and celebrating National Drinking Water Week.
Just like in baseball, protecting sources of drinking water takes
a team effort.
“The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Environmental
Protection Agency today announced a joint initiative to improve
access to clean water and wastewater infrastructure for U.S.
communities along the Mexico border. This initiative is part of
USDA and EPA’s ongoing partnership to increase the sustainability
of rural drinking water and wastewater systems.”
From The Fresno Bee Earth Log blog by Mark Grossi:
“The Drinking Water Program — so important to cleaning up tap
water in the San Joaquin Valley — appears poised to move out of
the state’s health department to the state’s water-regulation
agency in July. Or is it?
“A task force proposed a transition strategy, and you can check
it out. This is part of Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget.”