The California Endowment, Rural Community Assistance Corporation, Community Water Center and Pueblo Unido CDC have launched Agua4All, a pilot project that aids rural California communities in developing sustainable pathways to clean and safe water. Currently, inadequate infrastructure and contaminated water leave more than a million Californians without access to safe drinking water. Contaminated water can cause cancer, thyroid problems and other serious health issues.
"In lieu of drinking contaminated water, many low-income families spend more than 10 percent of their earnings buying bottled water or other water alternatives. Many also choose to purchase sugar sweetened beverages instead. Water is the healthy choice, particularly since diabetes in California has increased by 35 percent in the last 10 years.
Agua4All raises awareness about the unsafe water crisis; builds community partnerships to install safe water taps in schools and neighborhoods where they’re needed most; identifies funding sources; and develops long-term solutions for California’s water quality and access problems." ...Read Full Post