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Drinking Water

Health effects from West Virginia chemical spill underestimated

The West Virginia water contamination that resulted from a chemical spill in the Elk River had more widespread health effects on local residents than previously estimated.
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Oil leak contaminates Chinese city's water supply

The city of Lanzhou is in the midst of a serious drinking water crisis as a crude oil pipe leak has contaminated water supplies with a highly toxic chemical.
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Kansas state officials investigate Wichita groundwater contamination

Several areas in Wichita have been advised to avoid using drinking water coming from their usual sources.
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EU-backed research seeks to develop quick water quality test

A group of research organizations from 13 European countries have joined forces to develop a high-speed test that could dramatically reduce the time needed to detect viruses and bacteria in drinking water.
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Arsenic in well water linked to lower IQ in children

The presence of arsenic in drinking water may interfere with intellectual development in children, a new study warns.
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France wastes 20% of drinking water through leaky pipes

About 1.3 billion liters of drinking water every year are wasted in France due to water leaks.
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Unilever acquires Chinese water purification company

Consumer goods giant Unilever announced Sunday it has bought a majority stake in Chinese water purification company Qinyuan Group.
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China to launch major water resources cleanup program

The most populated country in the world has relatively small water reserves and the problem of water scarcity has become particularly pressing over the past few years.
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UN: Polluted water kills more people than all forms of violence

Every year, two million tons of sewage and industrial and agricultural waste make their way into global waterways and the resulting contamination kills at least 1.8 million children, according to the United Nations Environment Program.
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Desalination becomes more viable in California as costs drop

In an attempt to deal with the severe drought it has been experiencing, California is turning to desalination projects and is allocating millions of dollars to develop technologies that can turn ocean water into potable water.
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