Community Water Center

Jerry Jimenez

An estimated 44,000 Central Coast households get their tap water from wells, and many of those wells— particularly in the Salinas Valley—are contaminated with nitrates and other pollutants, so residents often drink and cook with bottled water.

But due to panic shopping prompted by the pandemic shutdown, many of those families are now struggling to find bottled water at grocery and other stores.

Flickr/Paul Hudson

4/2/20 UPDATE: On Thursday, California's governor signed an executive order directing a statewide moratorium on water shutoffs. 

Ezra David Romero/Valley Public Radio

California farmers and environmental justice leaders are joining forces to support a bill that would help fund clean drinking water programs. To pay for those programs, the bill - authored by Central Coast state senator Bill Monning -proposes a 95-cent monthly fee for most water customers starting in 2020.

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Water advocacy leaders in California are calling for the state government to permanently invest in water infrastructure--noting that over 300 California communities are affected by unsafe drinking water.