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Santa Barbara ponders reactivating desalination plant

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The city of Santa Barbara, California, is considering a huge investment that would bring an inactive desalination plant back into action, in an attempt to relieve the consequences of the ongoing drought.
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Third of private wells in Ireland contaminated with bacteria

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Up to one in three private wells in Ireland are contaminated with E.coli bacteria, new data released by the Irish Environmental Protection Agency has revealed.
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Supreme Court ruling may block Camp Lejeune victims' claims

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The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that North Carolina families can not pursue lawsuits against the company that was responsible for contaminating their drinking water decades ago.
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Water contamination causes deadly diarrhea outbreak in South Africa

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Water contamination in the North West province of South Africa has led to a diarrhea outbreak that killed three infants and sent dozens more to hospital.
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Louisiana senators propose new water quality bills

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Louisiana lawmakers are considering implementing measures that would ensure water utilities comply with higher water quality standards and would prevent delivery of tainted tap water to customers.
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USGS: Polluted shallow groundwater can migrate to deeper aquifers

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Contaminated groundwater located at shallow depths in southern California could migrate to deeper groundwater wells, where most of the area's drinking water reserves are located, according to a new study.
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Texas to launch desalination study

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Texas recently announced that it was launching a study on desalination, with State Rep. Todd Hunter appointed to lead the project.
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PFCs present in two-thirds of New Jersey water systems

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The majority of public water systems in New Jersey contain perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs), which are known to increase the risk of developing certain types of cancer.
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Global demand for water to outstrip supply by 2030, report warns

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By 2030, global demand for water is projected to outstrip supply by as much as 40 percent, which would lead to dramatic political and sociological developments.
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Research lacking on emerging contaminants

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Emerging contaminants are an increasing concern for scientists, water utilities and regulators because their impact on the environment and on public health.
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