State lawmakers are considering a tax on drinking water in California for the first time.
Under the proposed legislation, California homes and businesses would pay 95 cents a month to fix hundreds of public water systems that have unsafe tap water. Rural areas are the most at-risk, because of agricultural runoff.
The money would be used to clean up contaminated groundwater, and improve water systems and wells.
The bill is supported by farmers and environmentalists.
But it's opposed by water districts; they say something as essential as drinking water shouldn't be taxed.
Are you in favor of paying .95 cents/month to improve state drinking water? https://t.co/X9jperTBgs— KTVU (@KTVU) August 28, 2017