Governor Brown Signed Bill to Improve Access to Safe Drinking Water For Disadvantage Communities

Friday, September 28, 2018

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(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Today, Governor Brown signed AB 2501 (Chu), a bill to increase access to safe drinking water for many small and disadvantaged communities.  About 1 million Californians still lack access to safe and affordable drinking water.  Nitrates, arsenic, bacteria, chrom 6 and other contaminants continue to run through the faucets in hundreds of thousands of homes in our state.

“While it is hard to believe, many fellow Californians throughout the state still lack access to clean drinking water,” said Assemblymember Kansen Chu (D-Milpitas).  “This bill will build on existing state programs in order to secure safe drinking water for some of California’s most vulnerable communities and families.” 

AB 2501 will clarify and improve upon the State Water Resources Control Board’s existing authority to require consolidation of water systems experiencing quality issues.  Specifically, this bill would focus on water systems with fewer than 15 connections that consistently fail to provide safe drinking water to residents. 

Assemblymember Chu partnered with the Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability to pass AB 2501.  The Leadership Counsel is an organization that works tirelessly to ensure equal access and opportunity for all communities throughout California.

“The scores of leaders who traveled to Sacramento throughout the year, representing tens of thousands of people in communities without safe drinking water will be thrilled to learn that their hard work paid off,” said Phoebe Seaton, Co-Director of the Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability. “Today, they are one step closer to safe drinking water.  In the coming weeks, months, and years there will be more battles to fight, but today we can celebrate this victory for the human right to water.”

Assemblymember Kansen Chu is proud to represent the 25th Assembly District, comprised of the cities of Fremont, Milpitas, Newark, Santa Clara and San Jose.

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