Protecting & Conserving California's Water

woman drinking water / photo: istock pablocalvog

How Drinking Water Standards are Created in California

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency establishes federal standards for drinking water contaminants that each state must enforce.

dry lakebed

Local and Sustainable Water Supplies

California's dry climate is expected to become dryer as the impacts of climate change intensify. We need to change the way we think about and use water.

Liquid in beakers

Tell the Water Board: Take Action on Hex Chrome!

Earlier this year the State Water Resources Control Board (the Board) planned to propose a final drinking water standard for Chrome 6 in the spring

From We All Live Downstream

Community Water Tour in the San Joaquin Valley - Mr. Benitez next to his groundwater well
March 21, 2022

In 2012, the state of California passed the Human Right to Water to ensure that every California resident has safe, clean, affordable, and accessible water adequate for human consumption, cooking, and sanitary purposes. Making this policy a reality has been a priority for Clean Water Action ever since. We work in many ways to make this work; today we want to talk about the connection of groundwater to the Human Right to Water and our victory in convincing the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) to uphold that right when it comes to groundwater.

Marguerite Young - Clean Water Action board member
April 22, 2020

Earth Day has always had a special meaning for me – a birthday for Earth and a call to action to do what we can to protect it. In 1970, I organized the very first Earth Day event at my school in Oakland. Eschewing the bus, I enlisted a crew of friends in a bike caravan to ride 10 miles to school. Alarmed by the oil spills along the coast, and the poisoning of wildlife and humans from DDT, my classmates and I led a day long teach-in. This was the spark that ignited what has become a lifelong career as an activist.

Dripping spiggot
March 27, 2020

With all that’s happening right now, it can be difficult to pay attention to  anything other than the news of the day. I’m focused on groundwater; how we use it – and use too much; how we protect it from pollution – or don’t; and how we can ensure that it’s available when we need it. And even on a day when we’re not focused on a pandemic, groundwater can be easy to forgot about -- it's our invisible resource.