PSR-LA’s Clean Water program identifies, assesses and addresses the numerous threats and challenges that Southeast Los Angeles communities face in having access to safe, clean and affordable drinking water. We collaborate with community-based organizations, environmental justice organizations, public health organizations and other water advocates working in Southeast Los Angeles and across the state of California.
California has some of the strictest and most progressive drinking water laws and standards in the world. This includes California’s “Human Right to Water,” which established that every Californian has the right to safe, clean, affordable and accessible drinking water. However, not every community in California sees this quality of water or water service. This is the case in Southeast Los Angeles.
PSR-LA is part of Affordable Water for California, which addresses water affordability challenges across California highlighting that safe and affordable water is the most basic form of PPE. Affordable Water for California comprises: Community Water Center, Clean Water Action, SCOPE, California Coastkeeper Alliance, NextGen California, Natural Resources Defense Council, Pacific Institute, Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability, Policy Link and Union of Concerned Scientists.
We were a part of the California State Water Resources Control Board’s Safe and Affordable Funding for Equity and Resilience’s (SAFER) Advisory Group. California’s Human Right to Water law declares that “every human being has the right to safe, clean, affordable, and accessible water adequate for human consumption, cooking, and sanitary purposes.” Using short- and long-term strategies, SAFER is designed to ensure Californians who lack safe, adequate and affordable drinking water receive it as quickly as possible, and that the water systems serving them establish sustainable solutions. In doing so, SAFER minimizes the disproportionate environmental burdens experienced by some communities and advances justice for people of all incomes, races and cultures.
In addition, PSR-LA also works with local organizations to address Southeast Los Angeles water, such as: East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice, Communities for a Better Environment, Black Women for Wellness, Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE), Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education (SCOPE) and others.
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