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Rural, Disadvantaged California Community Solves Century-old Water Quality Issue by Tapping the Sky

Rural, Disadvantaged California Community Solves Century-old Water Quality Issue by Tapping the Sky

40 percent of America’s 50,000 community water systems have had water quality violations, according to the EPA.

Tiny Allensworth one of more than 310 California Community Water systems with water quality violations, the vast majority of which serve rural, low-income communities of color

Community leaders adopt first-of-its-kind technology from SOURCE Global, PBC to create a safe, sustainable source of drinking water

March 31, 2021 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

ALLENSWORTH, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–For over 100 years, the people of Allensworth, California, have been looking for safe, reliable sources of drinking water. Now, after decades of investigating and implementing various technologies, the community is evaluating an innovation that makes quality drinking water from resources in the sky.

Arsenic naturally occurs in the region’s groundwater and Allensworth is served by two groundwater wells that have contained arsenic levels up to 60 percent higher than state defined safety levels for drinking water. As a result, residents travel to the next county to buy water in single-use plastic bottles or jugs.

“In a place like this, which is a Severely Disadvantaged Community based on household income criteria established by the State of California, the health and economic consequences of poor drinking water quality are very real,” said long-time resident and community leader Kayode Kadara. “We simply don’t have the financial resources to build treatment plants or new infrastructure, and the town has worked for more than a century to find a cost-effective fix. This technology might very well be the answer.”

Allensworth is not alone.

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