Project Rural Water
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Provide awareness and support for California and American rural water crises.
Our mission is to provide awareness and educate others that a lot of communities, even in America, lack clean drinking water. Rural communities in the United States often lack access to clean drinking water. Our picture resembles regions of America contaminated with nitrates (red dots) and TTHM (purple). Nitrate is a chemical that is beneficial for plant growth that could cause eutrophication of water sources. The excess amount of nutrients from nitrates could explode algae and phytoplankton growth leading to algal blooms depleting these bodies of water of oxygen necessary for organisms that naturally cleanse water. TTHM (Total Trihalomethanes) are byproducts of chlorine's chemical reactions with organic material in water. TTHM may cause cancer and disrupt human endocrine systems. The map does not include the many other hazardous contaminants like cholera, lead, and mercury. By signing this petition, you are helping advocate our mission and acknowledging the fact that rural communities around the world are struggling to access clean drinking water. We are requesting that the upcoming California State 2018-2019 Budget be changed under the Natural Resources and Environment Protection by increasing the amount being spent on Drought and Drinking Water Expenditures. $94 million dollars a year are currently being spent, however, that is not enough as many people living in low-income, rural areas still do not have the access that the budget seeks to provide them with. We are requesting that the amount to be increased from $94 million dollars to $200 million dollars. The additional $106 million dollars should be allocated to the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB). The DWR seeks to establish permanent drinking water solutions and they currently only receive $14 million dollars of the budget, and the SWRCB provides grants for drinking water/wastewater solutions and they currently receive only $8.6 million dollars of the budget.