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Furthering the Fight to Make Clean Water a Right in California

By Phoebe Sarah Seaton, Kara Brodfuehrer & Megan Beaman

Clean drinking water is a human right under international law, and California law recognizes a similar right. Yet more than a million Californians, mostly in rural, agricultural areas, lack access to safe drinking water. Advocates and community groups are using a a variety of strategies, such as litigation and administrative advocacy, to enforce the right to safe water. A “human right to water” package of bills now before the state legislature is expected to enhance advocates’ capacity to enforce the right.

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