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Drought has placed Sao Paulo’s Cantareira water supply system under extreme stress.

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Algae toxins present in seven lakes, reservoirs and rivers that supply drinking water to 1 million people.

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The Cantareira reservoir water system that supplies half of Sao Paulo’s 20 million residents is now only 10 percent full after more than year of record-setting drought.

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Desire to protect the poor left Brazil’s driest city few options other than new pipes and prayers for rain.

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America’s seventh-largest city debates a pipeline project worth billions as the second-fastest-growing state faces more demands for water in its third year of severe drought.

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Lack of testing requirements inhibits more thorough review of drinking water safety.

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The U.S. government spends more than $450 million each year to provide water and sanitation to poor and vulnerable populations around the world. It’s the first rule of international development, and it brings health, education, and prosperity. Yet in Detroit — a city under emergency management that is reeling from decades of deindustrialization and neighborhood […]

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Where the Maumee River feeds into Lake Erie, the city of Toledo relies on the lake to supply drinking water for half a million residents in northern Ohio. Intense algal blooms, which can release toxins capable of causing severe liver damage, caused a neighboring Ohio community water treatment plant to shut down in September.

Explore options from stricter fertilizer regulations to funding water plant improvements.

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Toledo crisis prompts calls for action, purchases of testing equipment to safeguard public health.

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Toxin is below detectable levels in region’s drinking water

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Algae toxins poison Lake Erie; 400,000 people without water.

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Pipelines and canals buy some cities a ticket out of water stress — for now.

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New conditions of supply and demand in the world’s ninth-largest city.

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The Southwest is drying out, while the Northeast is becoming wetter.

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Just before sunrise, New York City’s skyline is reflected in the Hudson River. The world has roughly 30 megacities, including New York, which is one of two in the United States — Los Angeles being the other. Megacities are defined as metropolitan areas with populations that are greater than 10 million.

Danish documentary explores the beating human heart of cities but fails to examine water in the urban landscape.

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Australia’s largest urban economy wants to build a parallel water system to deliver non-potable supplies.

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Water utilities prepare for bigger storms and rising seas.

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The Hartford, Connecticut riverfront, once polluted and unappealing, now draws nearly a million visitors each year. A riverside plaza, shown here, hosts concerts and festivals and is connected to downtown by a promenade over Interstate 91.

Today, the Clean Water Act is 40 years old. Though it brought substantial benefits to urban areas, water quality problems — some old, some new — persist in the United States.

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Manila Water Company, in charge of resource distribution for the Manila’s East Zone, is ramping up its focus and funding for city-wide sewerage projects.

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When vendors and their customers spend less on water from the filling stations, both parties stand to profit, according to aid workers in Manila.

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