By MICHELLE SCHWARZMUTHAAPThe resort’s luxury amenities, such as its sandy beach, are top-notch.
But if you want a little more peace of mind, or you’re on a budget, the water can be a little less pristine.
A lack of clean waterThe beach resort in Edgewater, California, in May 2017.
(Photo by Eric Risberg/Getty Images)As the country prepares to mark the centennial of the US Civil War, the nation is grappling with how to address the nation’s water quality woes.
In June, the Environmental Protection Agency announced it will begin to review the water quality in some regions of the country, including in the southern part of the United States, where the water is more polluted.
While water quality issues are often blamed on industrial pollution, it’s also a problem because of the water’s proximity to farms, fishing, and homes.
It’s also one of the reasons why people in areas with more polluted water are more likely to suffer from waterborne illness.
Water quality in California is generally pretty good.
That could change, however, if a few large companies can’t pay the bills.
In October, the California Chamber of Commerce and Industry sent a letter to California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, urging him to sue companies that have been profiting from water pollution.
The Chamber of Business and Industry, which represents more than 1,000 companies including Starbucks, Walmart, Nike, and the NFL, sent the letter on behalf of its members, urging the AG to take legal action to get money that could help fund clean water and infrastructure projects in California.
“It is a problem that affects the people of California, who depend on water supplies for their basic needs and the health of their communities, as well as their businesses,” the Chamber wrote in a press release.
The letter went on to call on the state to establish a program that would require companies to pay for water quality upgrades.
“If California can’t afford to pay its water bills, how can we expect the rest of the world to?” the Chamber of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship said.
In an interview, Becerras office director of media relations, Kate Geller, said he has not received any specific threats, but added that “it would be inappropriate to comment on an ongoing investigation.”
However, the company that was in the midst of a water quality study was recently hit with a class-action lawsuit filed by consumers who say they were harmed by their drinking water.
A recent letter from the state AG’s office indicates that the company, Alameda County Water District, has not yet settled with consumers for $500,000, and that the state is looking into whether the water utility should be required to provide clean water to consumers.
“We are concerned that the California Attorney Generals office may be targeting water quality research and the study of water quality for any future water quality programs,” the letter reads.
In a statement, the Water District said the AG’s letter does not directly address the matter.
The lawsuit alleges that the AG has violated California law, saying that the “public interest has been served” by the lawsuit.
According to the complaint, the AGs office has “used the litigation to try to harass the Water Supply and Use Division for its investigations into the Alameda River and the Alcatraz Island Facility” and to “intimidate the Water and Wastewater Division for investigating and reporting problems with water quality.”
The lawsuit also claims that the attorney general’s office is using the litigation as an excuse to pressure the public to fund more expensive water projects.
The AG’s attorney has denied any wrongdoing and says he will vigorously defend his office in the suit.