Flint, California: 300 Golden State Communities Have Unsafe Drinking Water

Monday, February 6, 2017

New Polling Shows Californians Are Willing to Pay to Address This Crisis

WHEN:  Tuesday, February 7, 2017, at 10am

WHERE: PHONE: (888) 254-3595


  • A phone-in press briefing featuring experts and community members.

  • New polling results by Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates will be shared.

  • Questions are invited.

  • Expert speakers will be addressing key issues that are directly related to the difficulties of obtaining safe, clean, and affordable water. Learn why Californians lack this basic right.

  • Just after the Press Briefing, dozens of residents of affected communities will be in Sacramento for a Legislative Briefing from 12pm - 1pm in the Capitol. These residents will also be available to journalists afterwards at the Eureka Room in the Capitol Building Basement, 1315 10th Street, Sacramento.

  • TV, radio, and other interviews can be arranged.

  • Both briefings fall on the eve of a Wednesday, February 8 workshop hosted by the State Water Resources Control Board to present important, newsworthy new data on opportunities to secure safe and affordable drinking water for all Californians.

WHY: Just like Flint, Michigan, 300 California communities are not meeting primary drinking water standards. This is a story which has gone under-reported and unaddressed. New polling shows Californians are willing to finance solutions. Journalists are invited to this briefing session to learn more about imminent legislative approaches to provide safe and affordable drinking water to all Californians.             


  • Laurel Firestone, Co-Founder & Co-Executive Director, Community Water Center, Sacramento, CA (bilingual)

  • Jennifer Clary, Water Programs Manager, Clean Water Action, Oakland, CA

  • Mariela Magaña, Policy Advocate, Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability, grew up with unsafe water at home in Eastern Coachella Valley, CA (bilingual)

  • Becky Quintana, homeowner in Seville, CA, with unsafe drinking water (bilingual)

  • Dave Metz, Partner, FM3 Polling, Oakland, CA


Notes to editors.


Matt Davis, mattdavis@cleanwater.org, (415) 369-9160, (510) 717-1617

Jenny Rempel, jenny.rempel@communitywatercenter.org, (916) 706-3346, (559) 284-6327

Spanish speakers available.

At the 12pm Capitol Briefing, we will have brief, two-line biographies of the attending residents to share. Some have already cleaned up their supply of drinking water, some are still struggling, others are medical professionals who have dealt with the challenges presented by unsafe water.


COMMUNITY WATER CENTER (CWC) is a nonprofit environmental justice organization based in California’s San Joaquin Valley, whose mission is to act as a catalyst for community-driven water solutions through organizing, education, and advocacy. CWC’s fundamental goal is to ensure that all communities have access to safe, clean, and affordable water. CWC helps build strategic grassroots capacity to address water challenges in small, rural, low-income communities and communities of color. For more information, visit CWC’s website at www.communitywatercenter.org and follow us on Twitter at @CWaterC.

CLEAN WATER ACTION Since our founding during the campaign to pass the landmark Clean Water Act in 1972, Clean Water Action has worked to win strong health and environmental protections by bringing issue expertise, solution-oriented thinking and people power to the table. The organization has 50,000 members in California. Visit the website at www.cleanwateraction.org and follow on Twitter at @cleanh2oactionca.

LEADERSHIP COUNCIL FOR JUSTICE AND ACCOUNTABILITY works alongside the most impacted communities to advocate for sound policy and eradicate injustice to secure equal access to opportunity regardless of wealth, race, income and place. Based in the San Joaquin Valley and Coachella Valley, we work with community based organizations to secure safe, affordable and clean drinking water and reliable wastewater services to further the health and sustainability of neighborhoods throughout California. Follow us on twitter at @LCJandA.


Matt Davis