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How Silicon Valley provides the blueprint for cleaning up our drinking water

Sustainable Water Purification


Highlights local activism as a key that can lead to new regulations, state and federal laws and better corporate citizenship.

Perspectives and insights

  • Industries not normally associated with pollution have been major drivers of environmental harm in the last few decades - and this includes Silicon Valley’s tech companies.
  • The presence of groundwater contamination in Silicon Valley in the 1980s destroyed the narrative that high-tech was a clean alternative to the industrialization of the Northeast and Midwest US.
  • Local activism can influence national action. Regulatory measures, political organizing by advocacy groups and resident pressure on local and national legislators shape responses to environmental risk.