Funding for Safe Drinking Water Left Unused
California failed to spend almost half a billion dollars meant to improve water infrastructure
The recent revelation that nearly half a billion dollars in federal funding for safe water has gone unspent by the state of California offers one more strong incentive for residents to install final barrier protection in their own homes, the Water Quality Assn. (WQA) states.
“While we rely on public agencies for initial treatment, the best way to ensure safe drinking water is by empowering ourselves,” said Dave Haataja, executive director of WQA. “By putting protection in our homes, we can offer the Final Barrier against contaminants.”
Residents in the state are confronted with increasing concerns about nitrate and arsenic contamination in their water. Yet according to a recent AP report, California failed to spend almost half a billion dollars of federal money meant to improve water infrastructure in the state. The fund gives out loans to public and private water systems for drinking water infrastructure improvements, including treatment facilities, pipelines and other projects.
In California, high concentrations of inorganic elements generally are found in 10% to 25% of the groundwater used for public supply, nitrate in 1% to 8%, and human-made organic chemical constituents in up to 2%, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Last month, USGS reported that barium and nitrate were detected at high concentrations in 5% of untreated groundwater used for public water supply in the San Francisco Bay region.