VIDEO: Coachella Valley faces dire water, infrastructure needs.

Many mobile home parks in the eastern Coachella Valley do not meet health and safety codes. In the latest ‘Toxic Taps’ video, we look at what’s being done to fix water and sanitation problems and improve living conditions.

MANY PEOPLE KNOW the Coachella Valley in Southern California for party towns like Palm Springs or its more than 100 golf courses. But in the eastern part of the valley, it’s a whole different world.

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Farmworkers’ dilemma: Affordable housing, but undrinkable water.

OASIS, CALIFORNIA – September is the time of year that country clubs become ghost towns in Southern California’s Coachella Valley. It’s still too hot for tee times at the valley’s golf courses with temperatures often soaring to the century mark.

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Why it’s legal to pump untreated canal water into Californians’ homes.

BRAWLEY, CALIFORNIA – It takes Humberto Lugo several minutes to explain how the home he is standing in front of actually gets its water. It’s a small, stucco house dwarfed by an expanse of dusty farm fields that sit mostly fallow in September, awaiting the next planting of winter vegetables.

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Video: Toxic Taps: Meet California’s newest water contaminant.

THERE ARE OVER a hundred water systems in California that have tested above the new maximum contaminant level for 1,2,3-trichloropropane (TCP), a man-made chemical and known carcinogen found in the state’s groundwater.

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California’s plan to tackle a carcinogen widespread in water.

IF YOU DRIVE Highway 99 through California’s Central Valley, you’ll pass through the heart of farm country, where the state’s bounty blooms with hundreds of crops – everything from peaches to pistachios, from tangerines to tomatoes. You’ll also pass through dozens of communities, large and small, whose water systems are tainted by a newly regulated contaminant, 1,2,3-trichloropropane (TCP), which for decades was used in agricultural fumigants injected into farmland across the Valley.

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VIDEO: Toxic Taps: The fight over funding for clean drinking water projects.

A HUNDRED PEOPLE gathered in Sacramento in July to stand before California Assembly members in support of Senate Bill 623, which clean water advocates hope will help solve the state’s drinking water crisis.

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Unlikely allies push bill to solve California drinking water crisis.

Agriculture and environmental justice advocates are supporting legislation to create a fund for clean drinking water projects. But disputes over key components of the bill could derail it.

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Systemic failure: Why 1 million Californians lack safe drinking water.

WOODVILLE, CALIFORNIA – Ralph Gutierrez usually works seven days a week, a punishing schedule he has kept up for the past 14 years. On most days you’ll find him at the office by 6:30 in the morning, the sole occupant of a two-room cement block building with a handful of desks and a “help wanted” sign taped to the front door.

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