Part three of the ABC Owned Stations documentary series Our America: Trouble on Tap premieres Saturday, October 28. Trouble on Tap looks at drinking-water issues in America and ABC News and National Geographic are partners on it with the owned stations.
Part three is called “Drilling into California’s Water Crisis” and KFSN Fresno anchor Dale Yurong hosts. The episode delves into the emerging water crisis that is putting the security of the state’s water, food and economy at risk. Yurong examines the giant drought plaguing California, the issue of sinking groundwater as numerous wells run dry, and the flooding that takes place during the California wet season.
KFSN, KABC Los Angeles and WLS Chicago air the episode October 28, the California stations doing so at 10 p.m. local time and the Chicago stations at 11 p.m. local time.
KTRK Houston and WPVI air the episode Sunday, October 29. ABC Localish does so Monday, October 30 and KGO San Francisco airs it Saturday, November 4.
WTVD Raleigh-Durham runs Drilling into California’s Water Crisis Sunday, November 5, and WABC New York airs it December 31.
Our America: Trouble on Tap utilizes data from the station group’s Data Journalism Unit to examine how the effects of environmental pollution, climate change and aging infrastructure are eroding the ability of more and more communities across the United States to have access to free drinking water.
The first episode is Life with Forever Chemicals, which came out April 21, and the second, out September 30, is America’s Lead Problem.
Our America: Trouble on Tap is produced in partnership with Tracy J. Wholf, coordinating producer of the climate unit at ABC News, and Justin Allen, executive producer with ABC Owned Television Stations and National Geographic. Tim Sarquis, Brandon Ridge, Jacqueline McLean and Ricky Courtney of KFSN are executive producers for part three.
Episodes are available on station sites and apps, Hulu, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV and Roku, among other digital platforms.
The ABC station group addresses a number of social issues under the Our America brand.
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