From the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA):
“The Senate Health Committee approved ACWA-opposed legislation today [July 3] that would move the state’s drinking water program from the Department of Public Health to the State Water Resources Control Board.
“The vote on AB 145 (Perea) followed a pledge from Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina), the chair of the committee, to work with the Brown Administration, the bill’s author and stakeholders on concerns raised by ACWA and its coalition partners.
“Arsenic is one dangerous pollutant that can occur naturally (though it also can be a byproduct of pesticide use or certain kinds of mining), usually ingested via water. In Nepal and other impoverished areas of Asia where arsenic levels are high, low-tech water filters make a huge difference — a jar filled with rusty nails and sand.
From the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) Voices on Water blog:
“With the Senate Health Committee set to hear AB 145 (Perea) this week, water agencies throughout the state are voicing concerns about the bill and its potential negative consequences for the state’s drinking water program.”
“A major toxic waste dump near a Central Valley hamlet is poised to expand, and a troubled battery recycler in Vernon has been cleared to reopen according to key decisions Tuesday that sparked fury in nearby low-income communities.
“At the center of both decisions is a little-known California agency, the Department of Toxic Substances Control, which has repeatedly cited both facilities for violations of hazardous waste regulations.”
“California is assuring the federal government that it now has a plan to provide untainted drinking water more quickly to more than 160 small communities whose water fails to meet public health standards.
“The [Natural Resources Defense Council] national report found California’s beach water quality ranked 20th among 30 states included in the report, with Santa Cruz’ famed shoreline ranking in the middle of the pack statewide.”
“The California Department of Public Health announced a plan this week to hasten the stream of federal money to drinking-water projects, a move that could benefit poor Valley towns with contamination problems.”
“California’s Department of Public Health issued a plan Monday to improve the distribution of federal money for safe drinking water projects following a threat from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this spring to cut off further funding unless the money was spent more effectively.”
“The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power plans to build the world’s largest groundwater treatment center over one of the largest Superfund pollution sites in the United States: the San Fernando Basin.”