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Proposal ID899
Proposal2018 Platform Amendment Proposal Municipal Water Systems
PresenterPlatform Committee Sponsored by GPUS Platform Committee
Floor ManagerChris Blankenhorn
PhaseClosed
Discussion04/24/2018 - 05/06/2018
Voting05/07/2018 - 05/13/2018
ResultAdopted
Presens Quorum33 0.6666
Consens Quorum54 0.6666 of Yes and No Votes

Background

As the experience of Flint, Michigan residents shows, municipal water systems pose potential human health and social justice problems that critically need addressing. The Vehicle City Greens of Flint initiated the crafting of this language on a municipal water plank in December 2017.

Proposal

The GPUS Platform Committee proposes that the following new plank be added to Chapter III: Ecological Sustainability Section H. Water:
9. Ensure that municipal water and water systems are publicly owned, publicly sourced from the cleanest natural sources possible, obtained and discharged without harming the bioregion's ecosystem, transported using safe, uncontaminated systems and materials, and treated using scientific methods to render water uncontaminated and safe to drink without health hazard. Promptly assess and replace lead pipes in the nationís municipal infrastructure. Comprehensive water testing and analysis that includes a wide range of contaminants and radioactivity should be done throughout the municipality and the results published promptly and publicly. Public health issues should promptly inform and coincide with water testing. Using privatized, bottled water to substitute for a contaminated public water supply is unacceptable. Since water is a human right, all humans within the municipality should have full access to affordable, clean, uncontaminated water from the municipal water system for basic needs at all times and without threat of shut-off.

Resources

Approval of this proposal will amend the 2018 GPUS Platform

References

REFERENCES: None
CONTACTS: Platform Committee
Bruce Hinkforth, co-chair, bhinkforth@milwpc.com, 262-569-1370
Linda Cree, co-chair, creelinda@hotmail.com, 906-942-7076


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