“Nothing could really prepare me for the Mad Max feeling I get here. Trucks are bringing water from the west side of Porterville to the east side, and people have reportedly attacked the drivers in fear that they’re going to lose their water supply.” —Kiran
For many California residents, the drought is fleeting; while they understand the scope of the problem, it’s also not something that impacts their daily lives.
For our host Kiran, visiting drought-stricken communities in the Central Valley was a huge wake-up call.
She learns, in the midst of an historic drought, that some poor and working class communities live day-to-day without ready access to fresh water. Many rely on “water angels” like Donna Johnson to deliver enough to get by, but there is a disturbing lack of long-term solutions.
In East Porterville alone, more than half of the city’s residents struggle to find fresh water. That’s more than 3,000 people—including young children—who can’t turn on their taps, do laundry, wash their dishes, or even shower.
This isn’t Fury Road. It’s California. This isn’t the way it should be.
Join Kiran as she speaks with folks whose lives have been turned upside down by the drought and introduces us to the inspiring people who are making a difference.
At the end of episode one, Tom Steyer reminds us that we can all take action to help the communities impacted by the drought. Community Water Center, founded in 2006, works with Central Valley communities toward practical solutions to 21st century water challenges in California. Please take a moment to visit the Community Water Center‘s website to see how you can support their mission to act “as a catalyst for community-driven water solutions through organizing, education, and advocacy in California’s San Joaquin Valley” and provide logistical aid to low-income communities struggling with access to fresh water supplies.