As wildfire risks increase across California, the safety and reliability of our drinking water supply is under increasing threat, too.
Without common sense reforms, public drinking water systems – and their customers – face lawsuits for damage caused by fires they didn’t start. Water systems found responsible under California’s strict liability standard could be forced to foot the bill for damage caused by wildfires, even if they don’t do anything wrong. This unsustainable standard could force public drinking water suppliers into bankruptcy, threatening the tens of thousands of jobs they provide and the safety and reliability of the drinking water that sustains our communities.
Our diverse coalition of public drinking water suppliers, cities, labor, and other organizations has come together to protect California’s drinking water systems – the lifeblood of every community and an essential first line of defense for firefighters.