From the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) staff Switchboard blog, in a post by Avinash Kar:
“This Friday marks the end of the comment period for the public to weigh in on a proposed drinking water standard for hexavalent chromium – a dangerous chemical known to cause cancer that was made infamous in the film Erin Brockovich.
“Confronted with passionate opposition to adding fluoride to the city’s water, the Davis City Council took the easy way out.
“Justifying their vote Tuesday night against fluoride, council members said they didn’t want to jeopardize support for a massive project, essential to the future of Davis, to draw 12 million gallons of water a day from the Sacramento River starting in 2016.”
“Davis’ City Council soundly rejected a proposal to fluoridate the city’s drinking water in a 4-1 vote late Tuesday after facing heavy opposition from city residents and fearing that anger over the additive could derail Davis’ larger plans to draw water from the Sacramento River.
“Voters in March passed Measure I, authorizing city leaders to move ahead on the two-city Surface Water Project with Woodland to augment existing groundwater supplies starting in 2016.
“Since its founding, [Scott] Harrison’s charity [charity: water] has worked in 20 countries, but it has spent more money drilling wells and setting up hand pumps in Tigray than anywhere else — projected to be some $27 million by the end of this year. By trying to ensure that the region’s entire rural population, some four million people, has access to clean water, Harrison hopes to be able to offer proof (a word he loves) that the global water crisis is solvable.
“Assemblyman Henry Perea, D-Fresno, continues to push Assembly Bill 145, a measure that would shift the state’s drinking water program from Public Health to the State Water Resources Control Board … But critics of the Perea bill argue persuasively that just changing the agency that dispenses the funds won’t get the job done. …
“It won’t be easy, and it will take collaboration.
“Clean. Simple. Wet. That’s how a recent Reddit post displaying a fictional ad for Apple water describes how the maker of the iPhone, iPad and iPod might make and advertise good old H20. … According to the Scoopertino post, the Apple water has reached molecular perfection with literally twice as many hydrogen atoms as there are oxygen atoms, but the packaging is the real kicker.”
“After threatening to cut off funding to California earlier this spring because the state had been so slow to improve its drinking water, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved the state’s revised spending plan.”
From the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA):
“An Alameda County Superior Court judge on July 18 directed the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to propose a drinking water standard for hexavalent chromium – or chromium-6 – by the end of August.
“The ruling, issued by Alameda County Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillo, comes nearly a year after the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Environmental Working Group (EWG) sued the CDPH for failing to propose a drinking water standard for the toxin.
“California is assuring the federal government that it now has a plan to provide untainted drinking water more quickly to more than 160 small communities whose water fails to meet public health standards.