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Gov. Gavin Newsom’s surprise water trot to the Central Valley means emergency flow of funds for its


PARLIER, CA – Governor Gavin Newsom made a surprise visit to the Central Valley to address the region’s drinking water crisis; consequently, signing his first bill as Governor on Wednesday, Assembly Bill (AB) 72 along with AB 73.

This first bill signed into legislation at Riverview Elementary School in Parlier, CA provides $131. 3 million of immediate relief for the Emergency Drinking Water & Fire Recovery Package. These budget bills, AB 72 & 73, provide urgent assistance for communities that have contaminated and unsafe water, and they also support communities that have been rocked by California wildfires

The legislation also clarifies that funding in last year’s budget for drinking water in schools can be given as grants to public agencies, public water systems, or non-profit organizations to help with water management, and re-appropriates the balance of 2016 drinking water funds for