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US scientists develop quick method to convert algae into crude

The technology developed by the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory produces crude at a fraction of the cost of other methods and efficiently makes use of all byproducts.
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Federal judge clears Florida's water pollution limits

The state of Florida can set its own nitrogen and phosphorus water pollution limits, a federal judge ruled.
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Chilean mines may be required to use desalinated water

Chilean members of parliament are proposing a bill that would require mining companies to use desalinated water in mining processes, in a bid to reduce fresh water consumption while meeting the industry's growing water needs.
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South Carolina water company wins prestigious award for high performance standards

Greenville Water has been named the winner of the Phase IV Presidents Award, which is handed out to utilities that have met the most stringent quality standards and is quite rarely awarded.
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Chemical spill contaminates drinking water in nine West Virginia counties

West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin announced a state of emergency in nine counties on Thursday, Jan. 9, after a chemical spill that contaminated the Elk River resulted in a water ban estimated to affect about 200,000 customers of the West Virginia American Water utility.
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Aquifer recharge reduced nitrate levels in groundwater, USGS study shows

According to results from a new study carried out by the U.S. Geological Survey and the Hi-Desert Water District, artificial replenishment of groundwater aquifer systems can lead to a drop in nitrate concentrations in groundwater and a rise in water levels.
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Video depicting water travelling 'uphill' goes viral

A YouTube video created by University of Bath physics students has become a surprise global Internet sensation.
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Pennsylvania utility invests $239 million in infrastructure improvements

Water infrastructure improvements worth $239 million have been completed in the state of Pennsylvania this year across the six state divisions of water utility company Aqua Pennsylvania.
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Fracking-related water contamination confirmed in several states

At least three states -- Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia -- have confirmed water pollution in response to complaints related to hydraulic fracturing operations.
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Unilever to pay $1 million fine for illegal wastewater discharge

The agreement relates to an incident dating back to December 2008, when wastewater was discharged illegally at Unilever's facility at Clinton, Conn.
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