Unsafe drinking water

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Agency that delivered brown, smelly water to customers should be dissolved, board rules

Published: 
Thu, 07/12/2018 - 4:32pm

Residents of working-class neighborhoods in Compton and Willowbrook have long fought an uphill battle against their local water district, which over the years has been accused of mismanagement, nepotism, bad service and, most recently, sending brown, smelly water through their taps.

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How do we detoxify California's poison tap water? More democracy

Published: 
Mon, 06/11/2018 - 3:57pm

The public water boards in the southern San Joaquin Valley are only nominally public. Of 565 water board seats in Fresno, Kern, Kings and Tulare counties, 491 — a stunning 87% — went uncontested in elections over the last four years, according to the Visalia-based Community Water Center. Candidates ran unopposed so often that three-quarters of the boards didn’t even bother to hold elections.