The Human Right to Water in California

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The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment announces the release of the draft report, A Framework and Tool for Evaluating California’s Progress in Achieving the Human Right to Water.  OEHHA welcomes public comments on the draft report.

The draft report was released January 3 with a 30‑day public comment period that was scheduled to close on February 4, 2019.  OEHHA has received requests from the Association of California Water Agencies and the California Municipal Utilities Association seeking an extension of the comment period.  OEHHA hereby extends the public comment period until 5 p.m., Tuesday, February 19, 2019.  See the Public Comments section below for instructions on how to submit comments.


As part of its effort to better understand the challenges facing California’s public drinking water systems, the State Water Resources Control Board enlisted OEHHA to develop a systematic framework and methodology for assessing domestic water quality, accessibility and affordability across the state. This methodology will help meet the goals of a 2012 state law (Assembly Bill 685, Eng) that calls for every Californian to have the right to safe, affordable and accessible drinking water.  

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This draft report describes an approach for evaluating the adequacy of water quality, accessibility and affordability across California’s community water systems. The report also shows how this approach can help water systems, regulators and communities understand and address the challenges their water systems may be facing.  

Download the Report

A Framework and Tool for Evaluating California's Progress in Achieving the Human Right to Water

Public Input and Outreach

OEHHA held a webinar on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 from 1:00 p.m-2:30 p.m to solicit input and answer questions about the framework. During the webinar, OEHHA provided an overview of the framework report, and an opportunity for listeners to ask questions and provide initial feedback.

Slides from the webinar are available for download here.

Public Comments

Written comments may be submitted to OEHHA by February 19, 2019 at, or by mail to the address below. 


Mailing Address
Attn: Carolina Balazs
Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment
1515 Clay Street, 16th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612

Comments received during the public comment period will be posted on the OEHHA website after the close of the comment period.  By sending us your comments you are waiving any right to privacy you may have in the information you provide.  Individual commenters should advise OEHHA when submitting documents to request redaction of home address or personal telephone numbers.  Electronic files submitted should not have any form of encryption.