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Toxic Taps

Video: Toxic Taps: Coachella Valley Faces Dire Water, Infrastructure Needs

Many mobile home parks in the eastern Coachella Valley do not meet health and safety codes. In the latest ‘Toxic Taps’ video, we look at what’s being done to fix water and sanitation problems and improve living conditions.

Written by Tara Lohan Published on Read time Approx. 0 minutes

Many people know the Coachella Valley in Southern California for party towns like Palm Springs or its more than 100 golf courses. But in the eastern part of the valley, it’s a whole different world.

There, a lack of affordable housing for farmworkers and their families has led to a large concentration of mobile home parks that have existed for decades without permits. Many have serious infrastructure problems, including contaminated groundwater wells, leaking septic systems and unreliable electricity.

After years of dire living conditions, steps are being taken to tackle the problems.

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