SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has given its approval for California health officials to begin working on providing a better quality of drinking water, according to KERO ABC News.

The EPA had threatened to cut off funding after accusing the state of not properly distributing funds meant for water improvements, noted the article.

But now the city will receive over $600 million in federal funds to work on improvements over the next three years.

Some residents in Kern County, Calif. have said that the drinking water is dangerous to drink, noted the article.

"I don't use the water from the faucet to make soups, drink from it and I'm even scared to wash my vegetables in our tap water," said Nicole Matthews, a local resident.

Work has already begun focusing directly on treating contaminated water, which is mostly contaminated with nitrates and arsenic.

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