|CRPE Helps Rural Communities Secure Funding to Clean up Drinking Water|
CRPE helped Allensworth, CA secure over $400,000 to address unsafe drinking water in their community. Allensworth struggles with arsenic contamination that often makes water dangerous to drink. "Rural communities like Allensworth face huge barriers to clean drinking water and we need innovative solutions to overcome these barriers" said Denise Kadara, president of the Allensworth Progressive Association and CRPE Board Member. This grant is part of a larger plan which includes an additional $600,000 for nearby Matheny Tract.
With support from CRPE, Self-Help Enterprises, and California Rural Legal Assistance, Allensworth residents proposed a ground-breaking collaboration with the community of Alpaugh and the Angiola Water District. After convincing the Tulare County Board of Supervisors to submit two applications for funding, residents successfully brought over one-million dollars of funding to Tulare County. California’s Strategic Growth Council highlighted the proposal as one of it's most innovative and forward-thinking projects, and together with a pilot project in Matheny Tract, Allensworth residents will begin creating models for sustainable rural drinking water systems.