On Saturday, May 20th, Watts residents joined advocates2 for a workshop to learn how to address this reality. The goals of the workshop were to 1) educate the community about tap water quality, 2) understand what constitutes poor water quality and 3) learn how to collectively address the issue through education, mobilization, and agency collaboration.
The day started with a comprehensive tutorial on how to read and interpret the Community’s Consumer Confidence (CPR) – the annual report produced by the regional agency responsible for distributing clean water, in this case, the LA Department of Water and Power. Residents were trained to understand the sampling data presented in the report, and to identify if the community’s water has particular contaminants that exceed either the legal and/or health protective limit for that contaminant. PSR-LA physicians led small group discussions on the health impacts associated with exposure to poor water quality.
The workshop culminated with a discussion on concrete ways we can address and resolve the water quality conditions in Watts. The workshop attendees identified the following as potential solutions:
- Reach out to agencies directly to test the tap water in homes;
- Create partnerships with organizations and agencies to identify comprehensive solutions by attending the June 3rd Jordan Downs Health Summit; and
- Support state level actions that address affordability and infrastructure issues, such as SB 623, which would establish a Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund to make short- and long-term drinking water solutions available to low-income Californians who lack safe and affordable drinking water.
For more information about PSR-LA’s work around water, reach out to Monika Shankar at [email protected]