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Utah needs massive investment to tackle chemical pollution in water bodies

Utah might have to face a bill of $1.2 billion for tackling what regulators there believe is the most serious water problem the state has seen in the more than four decades since the federal Clean Water Act came into effect. The issue is related to the excess population of algae blooms in water that consume oxygen and threaten aquatic life.
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Santa Cruz desalination plant environmental report published

The report stated that with preventive measures incorporated into the design of the facility, its impact on the environment can be mitigated.
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Texas wastewater treatment plant turns sewage into drinking water

The $13 million plant in Big Spring mixes sewage that has been treated to drinking-water standards with treated water from lakes.
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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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