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Drinking Water

Study highlights how extreme weather events threaten drinking water quality

January 23, 2014
Utilities must take action to ensure they have the necessary flexibility when extreme weather threatens drinking water quality, according to a joint study by Australian and U.S. researchers.
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West Virginia water ban gradually lifted

January 17, 2014
Although the water ban has been lifted in some parts of West Virginia, life for many of the 300,000 people that have been affected by the chemical spill into the Elk River is still not back to normal.
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Columbus, Ohio, invests $600,000 to fight foul odor in tap water

January 15, 2014
Over the past few weeks there have been more than 1,000 complaints filed by residents and businesses in the affected area.
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Chemical spill contaminates drinking water in nine West Virginia counties

January 13, 2014
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

January 8, 2014
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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High levels of lead in drinking water linked to increased miscarriage rates

January 7, 2014
According to a recent study, the elevated level of lead in the drinking water supplied to Washington, D.C., was to blame for the sharp and unexplained rise in the number of late-term miscarriages and spontaneous abortions between 2000 and 2003.
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EPA slams failure to improve water quality in California

December 10, 2013
The poor quality of the water in some towns in San Joaquin Valley, Calif., is unacceptable and local communities should not be left waiting for improvements that should have been made years ago, according to Gina McCarthy, administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
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Nanocatalysts could remove nitrites from drinking water

December 2, 2013
Researchers at Rice University in Houston, Texas, have developed a method to reduce the level of nitrites in drinking water by using nanocatalysts.
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EPA grants $15 million to Nevada water projects

November 19, 2013
The federal agency has awarded a $6.5 million grant for Nevada's Clean Water State Revolving Fund and a further $8.5 million grant for the state's Drinking Water State Revolving Fund.
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BP America subsidiary agrees to $19.5 million settlement over copper mine pollution

November 12, 2013
Residents of northern Nevada have been awarded a settlement of up to a $19.5 million in a class action case regarding the toxic chemicals that leaked from the Anaconda copper mine, operated by BP America's subsidiary Atlantic Richfield Company.
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