Water Quality and Quantity

Tranquillity, CA:  Agricultural irrigation water is conveyed through state and federal infrastructure to farms and public water systems.

Tranquillity, CA:  Agricultural irrigation water is conveyed through state and federal infrastructure to farms and public water systems.

Over one million Californians lack access to safe drinking water, and more than half of the California communities with unsafe water are found in the San Joaquin Valley, disproportionately impacting low income Latino farmworker populations. In the San Joaquin Valley, thousands of families must deal with water that is unreliable, unaffordable, and unsafe. Their water is often contaminated by nitrates and pesticides from agriculture, outcomes that have plagued the region for decades, and have been exacerbated by California's historic drought.

The Community Alliance for Agroecology's member organizations work alongside resident groups where farmworkers who spend backbreaking hours in abundantly irrigated fields, often return home to a lack of water security. These communities are not only advocating for immediate solutions to this drinking water crisis, they are also advancing lasting solutions that will leave all Californians with a safer, more reliable water supply. 

CAFA supports policies that protect our water sources from further depletion and pollution. We work with farmworker communities and small-scale farmers to advance policies that reduce agrichemical use and improve on-farm management practices to protect water quality from nitrate and pesticide runoff. Through sustainable groundwater management, we seek to ensure that everyone in our region has reliable access to safe and affordable water.