Scrutiny of a farm town’s water divides residents

Outlet: Los Angeles Times

April 25, 2011

On a chilly day in March, a U.N. human rights lawyer came to this tiny farm town to investigate unsafe drinking water — part of a world tour that also included Bangladesh and Namibia. Advocates who had long been trying to call attention to Central California’s increasingly tainted groundwater were elated. Ruben Tavarez, a school board member, was miffed. “It makes it sound like Seville is a Third World country!” he said. “There’s nothing wrong with the water. The pipes are just bad…”

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