Posted by: coastcontact | June 10, 2013

Clean Tap Water Fails to Reach Faucets Nationwide

June 17, 2013:  The Los Angeles Times has caught up with KPCC and the New York Times in today’s from page article titled “Funding to improve drinking water has come at a slow drip.”  What will it take to motivate California government?

KPCC, an NPR station in Los Angeles,  had an item this past Friday about Springfield California that does not have drinkable water.  Nitrates from fertilizer have poisoned the well that is the source of their piped water.  The residences of the community must drive five miles to buy bottled water.  The people are all too poor to move from the community.  The community is unincorporated and does not qualify for any grant programs.

Springfield lies along a single dusty road near Watsonville in Monterey County. Strawberry fields surround the road. The town is so small you cannot find it on a map. In the middle of one of those fields is the source of the community’s frustration.

Upon research I have learned that this situation is not at all uncommon throughout the nation.

Laura Garcia in Monson CA carries a water bottle

Laura Garcia, whose well water is laced with excessive nitrates, had to use bottled water until the recent installation of a filtration system in her sink.

MONSON, Calif. — I did find it on the map north of Visalia California.  Laura Garcia was halfway through the breakfast dishes when the spigot went dry. The small white tank beneath the sink that purified her undrinkable water had run out. Still, as annoying as that was, it was an improvement over the days before Ms. Garcia got her water filter, when she had to do her dishes using water from five-gallon containers she bought at a local store.

Environmental Protection Agency distributes funds to state agencies that are supposed to identify problems and underwrite solutions. By the E.P.A.’s calculations, no state has been as inept in distributing the money as California.

According to Jared Blumenfeld, the regional administrator of the E.P.A., nearly a quarter of all small water systems in California are in the Central Valley.  To fix the problems, however, requires access to engineering and financial management resources beyond the reach of the needy communities, Mr. Blumenfeld said. “We require the state to be sure the people they fund have managerial, financial and administrative capacity to deal” with their water issues.

Meanwhile there are people retiring in California from government jobs with annual pensions of more than $100K.

Additional source for this article from the New York Times.

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Responses

  1. You made very valid points. I think that we all should be aware that this will soon become more and more common in towns across our country, as the EPA has not been doing its job at all and instead we have let corporations spew their toxins across our country. Also, would like to point out that most of the pipes that furnish our drinking water are in disrepair with some leaking as much as 40% of the water. Water, I fear, will become the next fought over resource and its up to ‘ we the people’ to stand up against corporations and agriculture and factory farming that destroys not only our earth but our water, before there is no ‘clean water’


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