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Advocates urge permanent solution to unsafe drinking water

Greta Mart/KCBX

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. 

Among the chemicals found in the drinking water of these communities are uranium, nitrates, and arsenic.

Jennifer Clary from Clean Water Action said during a statewide conference call this week that agricultural communities on the Central Coast specifically are breeding ground for nitrates.

“In Monterey County, about 40 percent of the private wells that have been tested over the last two years have exceeded the nitrate standards,” Clary said.

Laurel Firestone of the Community Water Center said new polling found there is majority support from residents and legislators to permanently fund fixing these water systems, but often times funding gets cut. And new legislation requires a two-thirds vote to establish.

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