A new survey by the Public Policy Institute of California found that more than two-thirds of Californians are concerned about water supply.
According to the survey, 68% of California adults said that their water supply is adequate. “big problem.”
A slightly higher percentage (77%) of voters agree with the statement.
Californians are also concerned that state and local officials have not done enough to address the ongoing drought and water supply. They also said they don’t believe residents in their part of the state are doing enough either.
The survey found that 45% of Californians feel that they are doing a lot to combat the drought.
Californians may feel that the government is not doing enough. However, 77% of them believe that the current drought is due in part to climate change.
Californians believe that climate change has already begun, and more than half, 69% of them, agree.
“Eight in ten Californians say that climate change is a very or somewhat serious threat to California’s future economy and quality of life,”The report states.
A majority of Californians support the state’s ability to enact its own policies independent from the federal government to combat climate change. Although there is a lot of support, it is strongly partisan.
About one in 10 Californians believes that California’s water supply and drought are the most important issues. The percentage of voters is slightly higher. According to the report, 36% of voters consider it the most important environmental problem in the state.
This survey also shows how concerned Californians are about drinking water pollution. Around 47% stated it is either a very grave or somewhat serious concern.
African-Americans, Latinos and Latinos are more likely to respond that drinking water pollution is a very serious problem (33% and 24% respectively).
A Recent reportThe State Auditor found that hundreds of California water systems have already failed. It’s led to nearly 1 million Californians being given unsafe drinking water. The majority of these people are from disadvantaged communities, according to the report.
Hundreds more water systems are at risk of failing, according to the State Auditor’s report. Californians could suffer from long-term health problems such as kidney or liver disease if their water systems fail.
These worries are reflected by the PPIC Survey, which shows that seven in ten Californians believe unsafe water is a problem. “more serious health threat in lower income areas.”