State Water Board Launches Human Right to Water Web Portal

The State Water Resources Control Board on Feb. 14 launched a new Human Right to Water web portal intended to help the public find information related to efforts to address the state’s drinking water safety and affordability issues.

The portal was first announced during the State Water Board’s Feb 8 Workshop addressing  drinking water safety and affordability issues and options for developing and implementing a plan for a statewide low-income water rate assistance (LIRA) program as required by AB 401 (Dodd) of 2015.

ACWA Deputy Executive Director for Government Relations Cindy participated in the workshop and described ACWA’s commitment to identifying solutions to the state’s drinking water issues, especially for disadvantaged communities (DACs). Coverage of ACWA’s participation in the Feb. 8 workshop is available here.

According to the State Water Board, the Human Right to Water web portal allows users to search drinking water standards compliance data for more than 3,000 community, schools and day care public water systems in California and includes an interactive map that identifies 292 public water systems currently out of compliance with federal standards for contaminants such as nitrate and arsenic.

The portal includes information on state efforts to assist local communities in addressing contamination problems and improving access to safe, affordable drinking water, and other useful information on the Human Right to Water Act and the state’s Affordable Safe Drinking Water Initiative.

The portal is available here.