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Parks and clean water — both are fundamental to healthy communities. With aging facilities, maintenance needs, and chronic underfunding, California's park and water infrastructure is more vulnerable than ever.
Lack of access to outdoor spaces and safe drinking water negatively affects the health and well-being of all Californians, but it's symptomatic of a much more serious issue — inequality. Many low-income neighborhoods and communities have no parks and are disproportionately impacted by exposure to unsafe drinking water.
All Californians deserve access to these vital resources.
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62% of Californians do not have easy access to parks
41% of lower-income Los Angeles families do not have easy access to a park
$1 spent on creating park resources can save approximately $3 on healthcare expenses
Low-income households that typically lack access to public parks are more likely to suffer from health-related issues
Urban parks decrease crime and drive social and economic progress
Over 1 million Californians lack access to safe drinking water
Schools in the San Joaquin Valley have identified dangerous levels of arsenic,
exceeding the maximum federal safety level by three times
71% of Californians think we should invest in better water infrastructure
As many as 300 public water systems in California have been deemed out of compliance with unsafe levels of arsenic, nitrates, and other contaminants
Major contaminants found in drinking water include arsenic, nitrates, uranium, perchlorate, and more
Some people spend up to 10% of their earnings every month to obtain clean water