As excerpted from The Sacramento Bee:
With Gov. Newsom’s leadership, and a broad coalition assembled to tackle this problem head-on, we are committed to making 2019 the year California finally delivers on the promise of safe, affordable drinking water to all of its residents.
The start-up funds dedicated in the governor’s budget, along with the ongoing funding proposed in companion legislation, is both reasonable and necessary. It amounts to less than the cost of a bottle of water per user – a dollar a month, with exemptions for low-income Californians.
Additionally, the funds dedicated to this purpose cannot be diverted for other uses. This ensures that communities of color and low-income neighborhoods will not be put at risk of losing their clean water funding with the boom and bust cycle of the state budget