Sunday, October 20th the Fresno Bee ran the story “Water woes still plague Allensworth;California study may help.” The story is part of their “Living in a Toxic Land” series; an investigation into Third World conditions in San Joaquin Valley communities like Allensworth.
The Allensworth Community Services District has received a $390,000 grant from the Department of Public Health to study solutions to the community’s water issues. The community’s water supply is tainted by arsenic, which is linked to cancer.
Preliminary study findings suggest replacing the town’s current water tank with a new 500,000 gallon tank. They are also looking into working with the Alpaugh and Angiola Water District to come up with a regional solution. The Allensworth Community Services District’s main goal is building a new water system that is free of arsenic.