"It is hereby declared to be the established policy of the state that every human being has the right to safe, clean, affordable, and accessible water adequate for human consumption, cooking, and sanitary purposes."
This could be an important leverage point for rural and unincorporated communities as California warms and becomes more arid.
Before now domestic use of water was prioritized in California water policy; however, that included all domestic use, including watering lawns and filling swimming pools.
In 2011 Governor Brown signed other legislation recommended as part of a Human Right to Water Bill Package:
- AB 983, the Access to Safe Drinking Water Act, to better serve communities lacking safe, affordable water;
- AB 938, about public water systems;
- AB 1221, about the State Water Quality Control Fund and the State Water Pollution Cleanup and Abatement Account;
- SB 244, about local government, land use, general plans, and disadvantaged unincorporated communities