Tulare Co. towns can’t tap funds for clean water

Federal officials used more than $20 billion in stimulus money to jump-start all kinds of projects in California over the last year — everything from filling potholes to monitoring volcanoes.

But the spending spree never reached some of the state’s poorest residents, who often get contaminated water when they turn on the taps in at least 10 small Tulare County communities.

Federal officials funded such projects as a $16.6 million update of the spillway on Folsom Dam and a $4.4 million solar-electric system at Yosemite National Park. Why didn’t federal money — which was gone by February — clean up drinking water in Tulare County’s poverty pockets?

Read more: http://www.fresnobee.com/2010/05/31/1953231/tulare-co-towns-cant-tap-fed-funds.html#ixzz0pcXpl1xJ

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