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Bill to Establish Human Right to Water in California Passes State Assembly
Food & Water Watch-Sponsored AB 1242 Heads to Governor for Approval
Statement of Food & Water Watch Western Regional Director Mark Schlosberg
“Water is a common resource—one that we all have an equal right and a responsibility to protect. Today in California, severe water quality issues affect at least 150,000 consumers, rendering them unable to drink the water that flows from their taps. While children are reminded to keep their mouths shut while showering, teachers and schools stock up on expensive bottled water, because tap water in some areas is polluted with contaminants such as nitrates.
“AB 1242 is a significant step towards ensuring that everyone in California has access to safe, affordable tap water. We applaud the legislature for approving this extremely important bill and encourage Governor Schwarzenegger to sign it into law.”