Water is a Women’s Issue…in California

BY SARAH MIERS, Spark Fellow

Last Tuesday was World Water Day. For me, it was a much-needed reminder of the scarcity of our fresh water resources.

What’s in your water? The clear water from East Orosi is more contaminated than the murky water on the right from Ducor. (Photo by Erin Lubin)

Around the world, women in our roles as caregivers are disproportionately impacted by scarcity and contamination. Because the task of providing safe water is often delegated to women, the time and effort devoted to collecting water steals away from potential time spent on education, childcare and self-development.

But I live in California. I sort of assumed that I wouldn’t have to worry about the availability and quality of fresh water here in the Bay Area. After some further prodding it seems this isn’t necessarily the case…Fitting enough, this year’s theme for World Water Day is urban water management- a theme that definitely resonates with me here in California.

Take a look at the following facts on CA water management issues:

Spark grantee Community Water Center addresses such problems in the San Joaquin Valley. The Community Water Center works with women leaders within these communities with limited access to fresh groundwater resources, advocates for better water management practices and works to improve the quality of existing water reserves in the Valley.

I hope this post gives you some fresh insight on the water issues we face today. Water is our most precious resource- we all rely on it, and we can’t forget how scarce it is.

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2 responses to “Water is a Women’s Issue…in California

  1. Thanks, Sarah. I’m a huge advocate for clean water, but I often fail to recognize that the problem is not just in other countries, but here in the States. Thanks for speaking out for change!

    • Jennifer, thanks for commenting. At Spark, we find that many of us forget that “global issues” occur in our own backyards. To impact change, we have to look at the whole map. This is why Spark works both locally and globally. The things that happen to women happen everywhere–not just because of where we live, but because we are women.

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