Study: Thousands of Californians may lack access to safe drinking water

Nearly 370,000 Californians use drinking water that might be contaminated with harmful chemicals, according to a new study led by researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of California, Berkeley.

Scientists looked at more than 1,500 water systems statewide and nine years of data on chemicals in drinking water and groundwater and estimated that about 370,000 people in California — particularly in underserved communities — are drinking water that may contain elevated levels of arsenic, nitrate or hexavalent chromium, according to the study. Read more about JPB Fellow Lara Cushing’s research.