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Ensia

Lindsey Konkel

4 January 2019

Cape Town, South Africa

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With water scarcity becoming a reality for many cities, people are looking towards the premise of recycling stormwater into drinkable water collected from urban runoff. One major limitation of this is that the water o...

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Sophia Akram

2 January 2019

Yemen

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In Yemen, the cholera epidemic has impacted over a million people during less than a one-year timespan. However, after investing in the revitalization of a water treatment restoration plant and implementing educationa...

Mongabay

Dan Collyns

27 December 2018

Lago Agrio, Sucumbíos, Ecuador

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Following decades of oil companies contaminating the water, indigenous groups in Ecuador’s Sucumbíos province have built systems for rainwater collection and filtration. These systems have provided people with clean w...

Wausau Pilot and Review

Shereen Siewert

30 October 2018

Wausau, Wisconsin, United States

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A local citizens group called Citizens for a Clean Wausau in Wisconsin is calling for greater transparency from government officials on environmental records related to project zoning and properties. While the group h...

Talk Africa

Mercy Odada

26 October 2018

Awasi, Kenya

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Investing in tanks to collect rainwater can help remote communities increase their resilience to shortages and improve the lives of residents. In Kisumu County, Kenya, villagers who struggle with water shortages have ...

NPR

Luke Runyon

11 October 2018

Montezuma, Colorado, United States

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In Colorado’s water-scarce Montezuma County, having a designated law enforcement official for water conflict is necessary. Dave Huhn is a sheriff’s deputy specializing in water law, responding to 60-100 calls each mon...

Nigeria Health Watch

Bashar Abubakar

17 September 2018

Borno State, Nigeria

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In Nigeria, a lack of immunizations has contributed to increased rates of childhood mortality. However, Volunteer Community Mobilizers are actively changing this trajectory by conducting in-home visits and providing r...

The Washington Post

Luisa Beck

14 September 2018

Berlin, Germany

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Although commonplace in many parts of the world, Berlin has recently adopted the practice of using water fountains to cut back on plastic bottle usage. Not everyone supports this environmental push, but the mayor is h...

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Katherine Webb-Hehn

12 September 2018

Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States

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Armed with data, local activists are taking on environmental justice campaigns. In the absence of action on the part of the Federal Government, local organizations in Mississippi and across the South are working to in...

Southerly

Lyndsey Gilpin

30 August 2018

Nigeria

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In the 1980s, throughout African and Asian countries, a tropical disease known as guinea worm was being transmitted through contaminated stagnant water. Thanks to a combination of endeavors that included "education an...

Quartz

Zoë Schlanger

23 August 2018

El Paso, Texas, United States

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As water shortages continue to be on the rise, so are water expenses. El Paso, Texas is more familiar with this than many other cities due to it's serious lack of rainfall and historically rapid consumption of water. ...

Daily Monitor

Bill Oketch

22 August 2018

Nebbi District, Uganda

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With little access to clean water, the community in the Nebbi District in Uganda were facing health issues. A new government initiative, however, has changed this reality by implementing a water scheme that utilizes t...

Quartz

Zoë Schlanger

22 August 2018

El Paso, Texas, United States

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El Paso, Texas only gets about 10 inches of rainfall per year, which doesn't help the water shortage the city is facing. Faced with no other choice but to seek solutions, the city has already implemented rainwater cat...

Bloomberg CityLab

Nicole Javorsky

16 August 2018

Nova Scotia, Canada

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After discovering that raw sewage was flowing into Nova Scotia's LaHave River at alarming rates, an 11-year-old in the community decided study the issue for her science project. After testing the levels of the water a...

NationSwell

Sean Ryon

18 July 2018

Tucson, Arizona, United States

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Humane Borders trying to take death out of the immigration equation by providing water stations on private land along the U.S. border. The faith-based organization is also collaborating with Border Patrol agents to he...

NationSwell

Sean Ryon

11 July 2018

Escondido, California, United States

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Without water, a person in the desert along the U.S. border dies in a day or two. Dismayed by rising deaths in the 1990s, John Hunter founded Water Station. The nonprofit now operates approximately 150 water stations ...

Ensia

Yasaswini Sampathkumar

10 July 2018

Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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Starting small helped Chennai, India achieve big results when faced with looming water shortages. A local community member embarked on a campaign to not just conserve rainwater but to teach his community the importanc...

Los Angeles Times

Jacques Leslie

5 July 2018

California, United States

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The California Water Commission must devise a plan for storing groundwater in the state. Aquifers, which are both a cost-saving mechanism and environmentally favorable, may be the solution.

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Anoush Darabi

2 July 2018

Berlin, Germany

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Berlin has historically struggled with implementing new digital advancements. Thanks to a collaborative effort however, the community can now be informed about the water pollution level of various lakes that are often...

CNN

Meera Senthilingam

20 June 2018

Yendi, Ghana

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Trachoma is a debilitating disease in which the eyelids turn inwards, causing a person's eyelashes to repeatedly scrape and eventually scar their eyes causing excruciating pain and blindness. The World Health Organiza...

PBS NewsHour

Fred de Sam Lazaro

20 June 2018

Thoreau, New Mexico, United States

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In the Navajo Nation, a territory the size of West Virginia that spans counties in New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah, people live in extreme poverty and lack access to clean water or electricity. A group called DigDeep is...

Wired

Matt Simon

12 June 2018

Los Angeles, California, United States

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With climate change on the horizon, Los Angeles is rushing to pull water from surprising sources. The goal: aqueous independence.

WDET

Jake Neher

8 June 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Detroit has a water affordability problem, with 100,000 water shutoffs for non-payment recorded since 2014. When faced with a similar problem, Philadelphia implemented an income tier-based water affordability program....

Los Angeles Times

Jacques Leslie

8 June 2018

Goshen, California, United States

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The majority of public water boards in California's San Joaquin Valley have been comprised of the same elected officials year after year. The lack of community representation on the boards as lead to many disadvantage...

InfoNILE

Jacob Mugini

2 June 2018

Murito, Tanzania

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The Mara River that runs through Tanzania and Kenya is used as a significant resource by 1.1 million people throughout the surrounding communities. For years, artisanal miners have also used the river to clean their g...

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