California

Does CA Really Deserve a C+ for Lead Testing in Schools?

Lead testing was in the mainstream news yet again this month after a report gave California a “C+” for its policies to protect children from lead in drinking water at school. In fairness to California, it was one of the only states to receive a “passing” grade, as 22 of the 32 states analyzed received an “F” letter grade. If you’re a parent like me, however, you probably feel like a C+ report card is hardly worth celebrating.

But what exactly did the report base its assessment on?

CA Snowpack Packs a Punch

California’s snowpack is now over 136% and rising, with more snow expected this weekend. Is it enough to defeat the drought?

Year in Review: Key Issues of 2018

As we prepare to welcome 2019, I find it important to reflect on some of the key industry issues of 2018 as they provide a prelude to the focal-points and challenges our industry is sure to experience in the New Year.

When the Smoke Clears: Aftereffects of Wildfires on Communities’ Water Quality

It is impossible to overstate the tragedy of the Camp and Woolsey fires. The road to recovery will be a long, expensive, and painful one and, unfortunately, rebuilding is only the first of many costs. In addition to the obvious aftermath of a wildfire, there is a subtle yet salient issue these communities will now face: tainted water quality.

Winter Forecast: A Strong Chance of El Niño

Weather experts say the conditions are ripe for a winter El Niño that would bring rain to the south and above-average temperatures to the north.

Back to School: Few CA Schools Have Tested for Lead Despite Aid

Last week, drinking water fixtures at Grant Union High School in Sacramento were shut off after elevated levels of lead and copper were found in the water.

Grant Union High School is not the first school to experience risky lead levels in its drinking water; it is merely the most recent. The water quality issues the Sacramento school is experiencing should serve as a wake-up call to all California schools, the vast majority of which have yet to take advantage of the State Water Resource Control Board’s lead testing program for schools.