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Communities Organizing for Better Water

Communities Organizing for Better Water (COBW) is our campaign that aims to highlight of water inequities in Orange County. 


OCEJ conducted door-to-door surveys in the Orange County areas that faced the highest pollution burden, known as DACs (Disadvantaged Communities) in 2016-17. 

From the 4,163 survey participants, water quality was the leading environmental concern.


Therefore, UCI Newkirk Fellows, Orange County Coast Keeper, and OCEJ are collaborating together to bring you a community based scientific research model.

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Next steps & goals:
  • Expand & improve our Photovoice efforts to other cities in Orange County. 

    • Increase participant intake. ​

    • Improve our evidence collection methods.

  • Ban/Limit the sale, manufacturing, distribution, and production of PFAS.

  • Uphold potable water standards to governing entities.

  • Advocate to implement the policies provided by the 2023 Policy Brief.

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Questions? Please Email our Water Justice Director at
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