Improve Water Quality in Rural Immigrant Communities

Source: Caitlin French, Lucia Kaiser, Rosa Gomez-Camacho, Cathi Lamp and Adela de la Torre, University of California-Davis, Center for Poverty Research, Policy Brief, Volume 3, Number 3, [no date]

From the summary:
….In new work, supported by the Center for Poverty Research, we find that low-quality drinking water is a potential barrier to reducing the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages in high-poverty rural immigrant communities.

Key Facts:
– Many water systems serving low-income immigrant communities in agricultural areas may have drinking water contamination levels above federal and international guidelines.
– Research has shown that a negative perception about the safety of tap water, especially among Latino populations, is associated with higher consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs).
– Funding improvements to rural water systems and accessibly communicating the results to all community members would improve the lives of these underserved populations.