VIDEO: Water distributions in the Valley, and how you can help

UPDATE: Read ‘Water bottles ease woes,’ which ran in the June 8 edition of Vida en el Valle.

The first of a series of water donations took place last Friday morning in Monson, East Orosi and Seville – three unincorporated Tulare County communities with a history of contaminated drinking water.

During the first distributions – organized by the Community Water Center, Food Link, and Feeding America - about 200 families gratefully accepted 24 gallons of bottled water per household.

The 24 gallons of water each family is receiving through the donation is a very short-term solution to a long-term problem, said María Herrera, community outreach coordinator for the Community Water Center. For residents of these communities — who have lived for years with contaminated drinking water — the donated bottled water might last just one, or two, or four weeks, she said.

The distributions will help raise awareness of the need for potable water in all Valley communities, and is an opportunity to educate residents about the quality of their water. Still, Herrera’s reaction to the distribution project was bittersweet.

“I shouldn’t have to be doing this in California,” Herrera said. “It’s kind of unreal.”

More water distributions are expected to occur in the next week or so in about 15 more low-income communities in Tulare, Fresno and Kings counties that have a history of contaminated water – and CWC is still accepting donations to support this distribution.

Watch the video below to hear Maria Herrera, of the Community Water Center, describe the need for safe, affordable, accessible drinking water in San Joaquín Valley communities. She also invites people to donate to the project.

Donations can be sent to:

  • Community Water Center, 311 W. Murray Ave., Visalia, 93291
  • Food Link, 7427 W. Sunnyview Ave., P.O. Box 1544, Visalia

Read more about the water distribution in this week’s edition of Vida en el Valle.

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