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EPA task force to deal with nutrient pollution in Mississippi River, Gulf of Mexico

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the launch of a new task force that will work to reduce water pollution from the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico.
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Louisiana senators propose new water quality bills

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Louisiana lawmakers are considering implementing measures that would ensure water utilities comply with higher water quality standards and would prevent delivery of tainted tap water to customers.
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Research finds antibiotic-resistant bacteria in municipal wastewater

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Municipal sewage systems carrying wastewater from hospitals and private homes release antibiotic-resistant bacteria into the environment, contributing to the emerging drug-resistance problems.
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EPA, USDA join forces to ensure safe water supply to U.S.-Mexico border communities

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Joint efforts by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced in April aim to improve wastewater infrastructure and access to clean drinking water along the U.S.-Mexico border.
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USGS: Polluted shallow groundwater can migrate to deeper aquifers

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Contaminated groundwater located at shallow depths in southern California could migrate to deeper groundwater wells, where most of the area's drinking water reserves are located, according to a new study.
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Algal blooms expected to thrive this summer

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Experts claim that conditions will be perfect for the toxic microorganisms over the next few months.
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Portland water bureau issues boil notice after tests reveal E. coli contamination

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Health officials issued a warning on May 23, following tests that revealed the presence of bacteria in water supplied to consumers.
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Texas to launch desalination study

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Texas recently announced that it was launching a study on desalination, with State Rep. Todd Hunter appointed to lead the project.
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Lawmakers, industry unite against microbeads in cosmetics

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Research on microbeads has linked the tiny plastic particles to water contamination and aquatic wildlife poisoning, and their use in cosmetics is being voluntarily phased out by many manufacturers.
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Milwaukee city officials struggle with numerous water main breaks

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The city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has experienced dozens of water main breaks over the past week, following the closedown of one of the two water treatment plants in the city on May 17.
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