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US water and sewage systems in dire need of infrastructure improvement

U.S. President Barack Obama's call for more public-private partnerships could be interpreted as a signal for companies to invest in deteriorating water and sewage infrastructure.
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Oregon fines food firm for illegal wastewater discharge

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has slapped a $9,600 fine on Norpac Foods, Inc. for breaching wastewater discharging requirements at its food processing facility in Stayton.
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Clean water groups release 'blue print' for future of water utilities

The NACWA, WERF and WEF have jointly released a document that attempts to define "the evolving environmental, economic and social roles that clean water utilities are playing in their communities."
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Saudi Arabia to build world's largest desalination plant

Saudi Arabia's Saline Water Conversion Corp. (SWCC) has announced plans to build a desalination plant with a capacity of 600,000 cubic meters per day, which would make it the largest plant of its kind in the world.
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Transgenic tadpole detects water contaminants

French biotechnology company WatchFrog has created a transgenic tadpole that glows when it comes into contact with thyroid-disrupting compounds in water.
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Vancouver utility center supplies heat from sewage

The city of Vancouver is using innovative technology that takes heat from Vancouver's sewage and uses it to heat the neighborhood, spanning 250,000 square meters.
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Texas municipality enters public-private partnership with Severn Trent Services

Severn Trent Services will provide water and wastewater operations and maintenance services to Horizon Regional Municipal Utility District.
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US scientists look to turn algae into biofuel

Researchers at the University of Toledo, Ohio, are looking into ways to turn the abundant toxic algae in Lake Erie into fuel, hoping to develop a sustainable method for cleaning the water in the lake and producing energy.
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Pennsylvania launches probe into effect of radiation in fracking wastewater

The state of Pennsylvania is starting a probe into the effects of radiation in natural gas drilling wastewater in an attempt to find out if it is a threat to the general public.
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New report predicts increase in water treatment products demand

The global water treatment products market is predicted to grow at an annual rate of 4 percent between 2011 and 2015 and by 6.25 percent over the period between 2012 and 2016.
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