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Learning from California’s Experience with Small Water System Consolidations: A Workshop Synthesis

Nell Green Nylen, Camille Pannu, Michael Kiparsky | May 1, 2018
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California recognizes a human right to “safe, clean, affordable, and accessible water adequate for human consumption, cooking, and sanitary purposes.” However, California’s small and disadvantaged communities in both rural and urban contexts can find it especially challenging to fund the water system infrastructure, operations, monitoring, and maintenance necessary to achieve this goal.  Small water systems that provide water to at least 15 service connections and serve water to fewer than a thousand people are responsible for the bulk of the state’s drinking water quality violations, and an estimated 300 disadvantaged communities in California are served by systems that fail to meet state drinking water standards. Other Californians rely on very small water systems or private domestic wells that lack state requirements for water quality testing and may be especially unreliable.

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California recognizes a human right to “safe, clean, affordable, and accessible water adequate for human consumption, cooking, and sanitary purposes.” However, California’s small and disadvantaged communities in both rural and urban contexts can find it especially challenging to fund the water system infrastructure, operations, monitoring, and maintenance necessary to achieve this goal.  Small water systems that provide water to at least 15 service connections and serve water to fewer than a thousand people are responsible for the bulk of the state’s drinking water quality violations, and an estimated 300 disadvantaged communities in California are served by systems that fail to meet state drinking water standards. Other Californians rely on very small water systems or private domestic wells that lack state requirements for water quality testing and may be especially unreliable.

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Keywords:

disadvantaged communities (DACs), drinking water, water quality