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Canada lagging behind other countries in wastewater treatment

Canada's methods of wastewater treatment are old-fashioned, ineffective and nothing short of a national embarrassment, according to the head of Lake Ontario Waterkeepers.
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Chemical pollution in Minnesota surface waters widespread, studies find

Two new studies by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) found that chemical pollution in the state's surface waters is more widespread than previously thought.
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Local government investment in water infrastructure at all time high

New research findings confirm local government investment in public water and wastewater infrastructure and services reached an all time high in 2010 at $111.4 billion.
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Researchers develop solar-powered filter for antibiotics in water

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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