The Fight For Clean Drinking Water

1390 Words Apr 22nd, 2016 6 Pages
Drinking a glass of water does not usually stir up thoughts of injustice. If it in someway did, it would probably be over concern for those in underdeveloped countries who struggle to get clean drinking water. Yet, the struggle to attain clean drinking water occurs in the United States as well and especially for minorities. Regulations in the Federal Safe Drinking Act often go unmet and the purpose of the Safe Water Drinking Act unfulfilled as minority dominant and poor communities often have the most severe and pervasive health violations of their drinking water. Unfortunately, this occurs right here in the San Joaquin Valley. The Valley demonstrates environmental injustice in the types of communities that experience nitrate contamination, the cost and source of water for farmers, and in the communities’ efforts and abilities to fix their water issues. Environmental justice is according to a California statute, “The fair treatment of people of all races, cultures, and incomes with respect to the development, adoption, implementation, and enforcement of all environmental laws, regulations, and policies”. This definition is not being met in the San Joaquin Valley in regards to safe drinking water. This has been shown by one study that evaluated through zip codes and found that poor and colored communities, including Latinos, throughout California received a disproportionately larger amount of environmental harm compared to their white counterparts. This included many…
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