Why Water Now Flows in East Porterville — Community Outreach the Key

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BY MARK HEDIN, Ethnic Media Services Prop. 1 funding has helped advance a long list of projects up and down the state to provide Californians safe drinking water. It was key in East Porterville, an unincorporated, low-income, mostly Latino community of about 7,500 that, Ryan Jensen, of Community Water Center in Visalia, told Ethnic Media Services was “ground zero” for drought impacts in 2014-2017. “Nearly a third of the community had no water service,” Jensen recalled. Between state, county and Porterville local officials, he said “nobody took responsibility.” Meeting the community’s needs was...