By Paul Kitagaki Jr./The Sacramento Bee
California residents affected by unsafe drinking water joined advocates and local leaders to launch a symbolic “water strike” at the Capitol on Wednesday, June 5, 2019, calling attention to the urgent need for a solution to the clean water crisis.
A coalition of California residents affected by unsafe drinking water held a symbolic “water strike” at the Capitol on Wednesday, pressing lawmakers to fund a plan that would clean up their water sources.
More than 1 million Californians lack access to clean drinking water, according to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration. An additional 2 million people are vulnerable to contamination, according to the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund Coalition.
“We cannot claim to be the Golden State when we have 1 million Californians without access to clean and affordable water,” said Daniel Peñaloza, City Council Member from Porterville in Tulare County. “This is an injustice and a disgrace.”