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Researchers develop solar-powered filter for antibiotics in water

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A new solar-powered nano filter that is capable of removing antibiotics and dangerous carcinogens from large bodies of water has been developed by researchers at the University of Cincinnati.
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Half of US fracking wells located in water-stressed areas

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Researchers warn that fracking to extract shale gas poses risks to water supplies in regions like Texas and Colorado, which are already seriously threatened by drought.
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EPA awards more than $500 million to repair water treatment plants damaged in Hurricane Sandy

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EPA is providing grants of $340 million to the state of New York and $229 million to the state of New Jersey for improvements to water treatment facilities impacted by the hurricane.
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Energy consumption biggest expense for desalination plants

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According to a new report from the Pacific Institute, the biggest expense for desalination plants is energy, accounting for as much as half of the entire bill.
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Nanomaterial shows promise for oil spill cleanups

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A team of scientists from Australia and France have developed a new method for removing organic pollutants from water that could dramatically shorten the time needed to tackle oil spills.
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NACWA honors Brown and Caldwell's Jeff Theerman

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Jeff Theerman, vice president and senior utility consultant for environmental engineering firm Brown and Caldwell, was honored with the Distinguished Service Award by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies at last week’s meeting in Washington, D.C.
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FBI investigates break-in at Georgia water treatment plant

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According to officials, someone broke into the plant and changed the system settings for chlorine and fluoride injection, which has resulted in the plant being shut down.
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Atlanta water treatment plant named top finisher in Energy Star National Building Competition

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The Hemphill Water Treatment Plant & Pumping Station in Atlanta, Ga., was recognized for reducing its energy use by over 40 percent.
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EEI: EPA should work with power industry on revised wastewater guidelines

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According to the Edison Electric Institute, the EPA should cooperate with investor-owned utilities when developing its plan to coordinate its expected new regulation on wastewater discharge standards for steam power plants with its proposal for the disposal of coal combustion waste from coal-fired plants.
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US Water Prize winners honored

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In an Earth Day ceremony at National Geographic Headquarters, in Washington D.C., the U.S. Water Alliance presented its U.S. Water Prize to three winners: MillerCoors, The Freshwater Trust and Onondaga County (NY).
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