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Emergency repair shuts down Southern California water treatment plant

Water supplies to about 350,000 of the utility's customers were affected during the downtime and the Metropolitan Water District Southern California called for customers to conserve water as much as possible during the repair works.
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Defunct energy company to pay record penalty for environmental damage

The now-defunct Kerr-McGee Corporation, which was taken over by Anadarko Petroleum Corporation in 2006, will have to pay a record penalty of $5.15 billion under a settlement reached with the Department of Justice.
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Chinese province to invest $3.35 billion in water conservation projects

Heilongjiang province in Northeastern China will focus on conserving water used in agricultural irrigation and drainage, as well as on better flood protection and preservation of water resources in general.
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Research lacking on emerging contaminants

Emerging contaminants are an increasing concern for scientists, water utilities and regulators because their impact on the environment and on public health.
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Trace amounts of cocaine discovered in UK drinking water

UK drinking water contains traces of cocaine, ever after undergoing all stages of treatment, according to a new report.
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Fracking could pose threat to water utilities, report warns

Potential contamination, reduced water supplies and infrastructure and cost pressure due to fracking mean that water utilities could suffer severe credit deterioration.
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Alabama county signs long-term water-sharing agreement

Madison County leaders have reached a water-sharing agreement with utility service provider Huntsville Utilities for long-term water supply.
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EPA app informs public about polluted waterways

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is launching an advanced version of its "How's My Waterway" app, which allows consumers to check the quality of water in rivers, lakes and streams across the country from their desktop, tablet or smartphone.
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Climate change could have dramatic effect on US Southwest's water supply by end-century

Over the past few years, communities in the U.S. Southwest have increasingly felt the devastating effect of drought and, according to a report by a team of scientists at the University of Arizona, the worst is yet to come.
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Environmental group sues EPA over delayed marine sanitation device standards update

Court documents state that the group wants to see the EPA held accountable for failing to update rules regarding discharges of treated sewage from marine vessels of all sizes that are equipped with a toilet on board.
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