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Drinking water crisis: A California town fights back

November 8, 2010 |  8:55 am

More than a million Californians live in places where tap water isn't reliably safe to drink, and about a third of them are in small, mostly Latino towns such as Seville in the San Joaquin Valley. Many residents of those communities -- some of the state's poorest -- ignore the often contradictory water-quality notices and spend extra money for bottled water for cooking and drinking. Read more at our green blog, Greenspace:

Becky Quintana, a school bus driver in Seville, Calif., empties her home water filter to show the algae, sand and other pollutants in her town's system. She says it's also polluted with pesticides and fertilizers that make it unhealthy for domestic use. Credit: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times