February 2014: Community Water Center

Through community organizing, education, and advocacy, the Community Water Center works to promote access to safe, clean, and affordable water. The organization works closely with local residents in San Joaquin Valley and other communities to address current water challenges in efforts to move towards locally sustainable solutions. By offering clean water advocacy trainings for local residents, providing technical assistance to local water boards, and serving as a legal counsel to small, disadvantaged communities, the Community Water Center provides momentum to the fight in the Central Valley against unsafe and unjust water conditions.

The work that the Community Water Center does focuses on four program areas: policy advocacy, long-term solutions, interim solutions, and protecting groundwater. The Community Water Center advocates on a local, regional, statewide, national, and international level for legislation that combats drinking water challenges. An important part of their work is to empower local communities in order to shape long-term, sustainable solutions for an equitable drinking water system. While the foundation for long-term solutions is being set, the Community Water Center implements California Department of Public Health certified Point of Use filters to remove drinking water contaminants such as nitrate and arsenic. The organization also works to prevent fertilizers, manure, and pesticides from contaminating San Joaquin Valley drinking water supplies.

For more information visit, http://communitywatercenter.org

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