Cali’s Poor and Thirsty

Among those feeling the pain of California’s continuing water woes are families in poor, largely Latino neighborhoods of the eastern Coachella Valley who long have struggled with shortages of safe drinking water and had to rely on purchasing expensive bottled water.

Nonprofits such as the Pueblo Unido Community Development Corporation are on a mission to install small household reverse osmosis water filtration systems to prevent serious illnesses that can be caused by contaminated water flowing through these forgotten areas.

More than 1 million in the drought-stricken state lack reliable access to safe drinking water, according to the Visalia-based nonprofit Community Water Center, which advocates for community-driven water solutions.

Desert Sun (Palm Springs, California)

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