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Can the Water Infrastructure in Phoenix Outrun a Drought?

Droughts happen all the time, but the persistent drought in the American Southwest is historic. A combination of climate change and patterns in arid areas has placed populations in desert cities in vulnerable positions. The city of Phoenix is facing dwindling water supplies, and is trying to act fast to avoid a future without water. […]

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Growing Lead and Fluoride Concerns Across the U.S.

Three years ago most Americans probably didn’t suspect that dangerous amounts of lead, a toxic heavy metal, could be lurking in their drinking water. But that was before the devastating lead contamination in Flint became a national news fixture. Lead can find its way into your water through a variety of methods. Often, lead contamination […]

Why Do Water Main Breaks Happen, And How do They Affect Me?

Every day, over 850 Water main breaks occur in the United States. Depending on its severity, a water main break can leave you without water for hours, or under a boil water advisory until the break is repaired and the pipes flushed. Why does the US suffer so many water main breaks? The answer is […]

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One Cracked Pipe: From Municipal Waterways to Your Taps

Beneath the average American town lies a dizzying array of interconnected waterways. Sewage systems gather wastewater, channel it to water treatment facilities, and release treated water. Freshwater enters water-treatment facilities from lakes, rivers and reservoirs, passing through a labyrinth of inter-connected pipes on its journey to homes and faucets. A third system of runoff pipes […]