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West Virginia water ban gradually lifted

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Lithium in drinking water could have large-scale anti-depressant effect

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A European researcher believes the presence of lithium in drinking water is contributing to lower suicide rates.
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