Feb 21, 2019

California Governor Signs Drinking Water Bill

The CEO of WatergenUSA says his company is able to help the water crisis in places such as California and Flint, Mich.

The CEO of WatergenUSA says his company is able to help water crisis in places such as California and Flint, Mich.
The CEO of WatergenUSA says his company is able to help the water crisis in places such as California and Flint, Mich.

California Governor Gavin Newsom has recently signed an emergency drinking water bill at Riverview Elementary School in Fresno, Calif. Gov.

"We're talking about being the fifth largest economy in the world. We've got this bravado, our ingenuity, our entrepreneurial spirit and we can't even provide basic drinking water to a million plus Californians," Newsom said to Fox 26.

However, the CEO of WatergenUSA, Ed Russo, says his company is able to help with this crisis.

"WatergenUSA is ready, willing and able to provide atmospheric water generation machines to both the state of California and the city of Flint, MI that can provide clean, safe drinking water without having to truck water in.," Russo said.

According to PRNewswire, the units will only need electricity, and the water it produces is generated from humidity in the air and placed in reusable plastic containers. This reduces the amount of plastic usage currently taking place in places such as Flint, Mich. and California.

A chemical known as 1,2,3 trichloropropane or t-c-p was found in the Fresno school's water last year, according to Fox 26. Long-term exposure to the chemical has been shown to cause cancer in animals, and can affect body weight and kidney function.

An emergency drinking water bill signed by the Governor in Fresno, Calif., will provide $131 million dollars in one-time funds to pay for bottled water.  

"Public officials have a unique obligation to provide healthy clean solutions not just for their constituents but for the environment as well,"  said Yehuda Kaploun, president of WatergenUSA.

In Flint last week, a semi-truck carrying clean drinking water from Texas broke down in Kentucky and the bottled water giveaway organized by the city of Flint and others was canceled after many residents waited in line for hours. Dr. Karen Weaver, Flint mayor, says that she's continuing to address the water issues.

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