Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017

Tapwater fee

First water tax proposed to tackle unsafe drinking water

East Bay Times

For the first time, Californians would pay a tax on drinking water — 95 cents per month — under legislation aimed at fixing hundreds of public water systems with unsafe tap water. Senate Bill 623, backed by a strange-bedfellows coalition but opposed by water districts, would generate $2 billion over the next 15 years to clean up groundwater and improve faulty water systems and wells.

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PRO: Environmental, ag groups show their support

Capital Public Radio

State lawmakers are considering a tax to help poor rural communities provide safe drinking water. Agricultural and environmental groups are backing the bill. The proposal would raise your water bill by around $10 a year. It could be more than $1,000 a year for farmers.

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CON: Agencies testify against drinking water fee

Association of California Water Agencies

Water agencies from throughout California joined with ACWA to publicly voice their opposition Wednesday to a bill that would establish the state's first-ever tax on drinking water and to pledge their commitment to ensuring safe drinking water for communities across the state.

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