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Water Tax, Fees Dammed in California Legislature

Sept. 1, 2018, 1:50 PM

California lawmakers failed to advance bills that would have created an annual multimillion-dollar fund to help nearly 1 million people in California who lack access to safe drinking water.

The Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund would’ve created a voluntary fee and a separate water quality bill would’ve taxed dairy handlers and fertilizer sellers. The money was intended to support low-income communities whose source of water is contaminated with pollutants including arsenic, nitrates, and other compounds.

Many of the areas are in small, disadvantaged communities that lack the customer base, expertise, or money to manage treatment systems and are...

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