For California, second time’s a charm

Human right to water campaigning in California

Why the right to water depends on sustained political will and follow-through. By James Workman.

November 20, 2018. It is the birthplace of Apple and Google–companies worth nearly US$2 trillion–and this year overtook the UK to become the world’s fifth largest economy, yet nearly 2 percent of California’s residents suffer from the lack of safe, reliable and adequate access to water and sanitation.

True, precise numbers are elusive (which reinforces the larger point of uncertain access). Yet one recent survey estimates a quarter of a million people in tribal and community service areas have no clean water. That’s equivalent to the entire population of Bhutan, Guyana or Cyprus. The number may be higher, if officials could assess countless local, small and domestic wells that have run dry or been contaminated.

So what’s a sub-national government to do?

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