The state Assembly Tuesday approved legislation that would move responsibility for safe drinking water away from the California Department of Public Health.
Assembly Bill 145, authored by Assemblymembers Henry T. Perea, D-Fresno, and Anthony Rendon, D-Lynwood, would move the duties to the State Water Resources Control Board. The bill now goes to the state Senate.
The move is billed as a fresh start, especially for rural communities that have waded through years of Public Health Department red tape to get public funding for healthy drinking water.
“Communities throughout California have been demanding access to clean drinking water for the past few years,” said Perea. “We need to create a water governance structure we can hold accountable, so that all Californians have immediate access to one of life’s most basic necessities — water.”