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Public Art Purple Pipe

The $1.8 billion Brightwater facility, 10 miles northeast of Seattle, eschews old notions of what a sewage plant is. State-of-the-art membrane technology produces reusable water, a trail system allows outdoor recreation, and wetlands give salmon a place to spawn.

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Infographic: China’s Water Pollution Events and Protection Policies (2004-2011)

China has some of the dirtiest and most dangerous water in the world. This detailed and interactive timeline shows key pollution events, protests, and policy reforms from the last eight years at both the national and regional levels as China tries to clean up its act.

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USGS groundwater water pollution contamination 2011 report arsenic manganese radon uranium

Utilities are required by law to treat water to national standards, but no such controls exist for private wells, where the risk from contaminants is greater.

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United-Nations

Despite an extensive water and sanitation system ranking among the world’s best, a human rights lawyer — appointed by the United Nations — has reported that some of the poorest Americans live without affordable, convenient access to these basic necessities.

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Somalia Suffers from Severe Drought

Meteorologists are hopeful for future rainfall, though they say the current disaster was preventable. The lack of rain, which is also affecting neighboring Kenya and Ethiopia, and political instability have tipped Somalia into a food crisis that could persist, even as drought conditions abate.

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Om Prakash

Delhi reportedly has a high percentage of coverage for sanitation and water supply. But one photographer has 74,000 images spanning the last 10 years that challenge the perception of progress

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Libya aftermath - lack of clean water

Muammar Qaddafi’s great achievement of tapping desert aquifers and sending the water hundreds of kilometers to Tripoli, the capital, and other coastal cities is now the focal point for sabotage and siege. Aid agencies have begun humanitarian relief as rebel leaders try to gain control of water-producing regions.

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Infographic: WASH and Urbanization — Providing Sanitation and Water Services by Country

Entry in the 2011 Urban Water Design Challenge, sponsored by Visualizing.org and Circle of Blue.

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Infographic: Map of Pollution Levels in China

The seven major river basins, as a whole, have had steady improvements in water quality over the past decade.

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Infographic: American Arsenic

Arsenic is both naturally occurring and artificially produced, and the toxin is very dangerous since it often has no color, taste, or smell. This graphic breaks down how arsenic gets into drinking water supplies and how arsenic affects the U.S. on the state level.

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Arsenic in Drinking Water US

When the EPA lowered the arsenic standard for drinking water from 50 parts per billion to 10 in 2001, there were 3,000 water systems in violation. Today, nearly a thousand still are.

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Wastewater Recycled for Drinking Water

On Australia’s western coast, the city of Perth is in critical danger of depleting the water reserves held by its dams. In response, the government is pumping treated wastewater into the Gnangara Mound Aquifer.

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Coal Tar Pollution Map New York

Testing new methods to remove residual coal tar from riverbeds in New York.

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As animal bodies pile up, public fears water sources will become contaminated.

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California is the first state to consider a limit on the “Erin Brockovich” chemical, which has been found in 31 of 35 U.S. cities recently surveyed.

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A technology start-up is looking small to solve a big global problem.

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land-and-sea-infographic

Researchers explain the correlation between environmental interactions and human health, as reported infections climb to 10,000 cases.

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Torrential rains threaten to plunge the West African nation into crisis.

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International study finds serious threats to the world’s fresh water.

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Toxic leak in the Central European country threatens to reach a major international waterway.

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