While residents of California’s metropolitan areas rarely have to worry about having access to clean drinking water, it is a daily concern for over one million Californians. Many rural and some urban and suburban communities are concerned about both the safety of the water flowing from their taps AND if water will flow from their taps at all. As California experiences more frequent and intense droughts, these concerns will become more urgent. Thankfully, addressing them has finally been recognized as critical, and serious efforts are being made to find both short- and long-term solutions.
We learned what the state, water agencies, and non-profits are doing to solve this issue and ensure all Californians have access to safe and affordable drinking water.