— A water conservation group in the United States is warning that Fresno’s underground water is a serious threat to human health.
According to the Center for Biological Diversity, water in the Fresno area is the second most contaminated in the country after California.
Fresno is the sixth largest city in the state, with a population of about 4.2 million people.
“Fresnobeeneeneen was an incredible day of events for the people of Fresno,” said Tom Loomis, an organizer for the Center’s Water Project.
“There are a lot of people who got together and celebrated with the city, the people, the businesses, the community and the entire region,” Loomiss said.
The group is hosting an event Tuesday in the city to highlight the dangers of drinking underground water in a water district in Fresno.
Loomis and his wife, Susan, said they have spent years fighting for better water in this region.
They say they have a water supply that’s good enough to survive.
In February, the Fresno County Department of Water Resources said water quality tests showed elevated lead levels in drinking water supplies in Fresno and Fresno’s downtown area.
Some areas are testing at levels far above federal standards.
More than a dozen people were arrested in the protests, which erupted when water was turned off in some neighborhoods.
On Wednesday, Loomish said he and his colleagues will continue to push for a water-quality improvement plan and to help educate the public about the water issue.
Water conservation in the US is on the rise.
We’re really going to need to start to look at this in the context of the other issues, said Loomisha, who also works for the Natural Resources Defense Council.
And this is really about us, he said.
“We can’t stop it.
We’re going to have to keep working together.”