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Anna Clark

8 August 2016

Lansing, Michigan, United States

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The water crisis in Flint, Michigan, has left the city in dire straits without funds or political will to replace its lead pipes. Less than fifty-miles away, the city of Lansing has managed to replace almost all of it...

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Michelle Mizner

Katie Worth

2 August 2016

Recife, Brazil

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Racing to contain the Zika outbreak, Brazil has deployed an army of health workers to eradicate mosquitoes. But in a country where standing water abounds, giving mosquitoes endless opportunities to breed, the task is ...

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Rowan Jacobson

19 July 2016

Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel

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Israel experienced extreme drought a few years ago and its water supply was very low. National campaigns to install desalination plants have helped Israel turnaround its inadequate water supply into a surplus. The wat...

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Justus Wanzala

12 July 2016

Narok, Kenya

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Harvesting rainwater is a necessary practice throughout Kenya, but is especially important in the areas of the country that are arid or semiarid. The African Water Bank has made this process more accessibly to many in...

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Jen Kinney

21 June 2016

Los Angeles, California, United States

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California has long struggled with creative solutions to its lack of abundant water. Los Angeles offers its residents free recycled water as a solution to drought and water shortage issues.

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Patricia Leigh Brown

25 May 2016

Matheny Tract, California, United States

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The Flint lead crisis has made us think of tainted water as an urban problem, aging pipes slowly poisoning the children of poor communities - but a huge amount of America’s substandard drinking water is actually consu...

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Fred de Sam Lazaro

Judy Woodruff

13 April 2016

Delhi, National Capital Territory of Delhi, India

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In many rural communities in India, access to clean drinking water is still scarce. The cost of bottled water is prohibitive, city pipes are in poor condition, and the municipal tanker trucks that supply some water ar...

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Erica Gies

11 April 2016

United States

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The water system in the United States is beginning to be in need of replacement. In order to facilitate this infrastructure project and prevent it from becoming overwhelming, technology such as water sensors and softw...

The New York Times

Emily S. Rueb

30 March 2016

New York, New York, United States

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Nine and a half million people consume what has been called the champagne of drinking water. We took a look at its journey from source to tap.

The New Yorker

Pauls Toutonghi

22 March 2016

Aït Baâmrane, Morocco

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The demand for clean water around the world continues to grow. In arid southwest Morocco, the region may only see “a few hundredths of an inch of rain per year,” which contributes to poor human health, as well as envi...

Bright Magazine

Alexis K. Barnes

19 January 2016

Haiti

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One program has found a way to turn feces into agricultural compost, which has helped Haiti, a country with limited sanitation systems, both keep its water clean and grow food.

Bloomberg CityLab

Dana Raidt

23 December 2015

Copenhagen, Denmark

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Thanks to years of government intervention, the city of Copenhagen has almost perfectly clean water — even better than bottled water. Denmark utilizes overflow barriers, underground water storage, and rerouted wastewa...

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Priti Salian

8 December 2015

Mumbai, India

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The Drop Dead Foundation, founded and headed up by an 80-year-old man in Mumbai, India, is fighting water waste by fixing leaks, one home at a time. With the world's most precious resource going to waste, lower-income...

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Seth M. Siegel

3 December 2015

Tel Aviv-Yafo, Tel Aviv District, Israel

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Israel has an abundance of water and independence from climate conditions through public ownership and government management of all water, a water-respecting culture, and innovative agriculture practices.

Al Jazeera

Karin Slater

22 September 2015

Kakamega, Kakamega, Kenya

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Kenya's female water tank masons are delivering measurable benefits to their communities and empowering other women to take up leadership roles.

Anchorage Daily News

Scott Jensen

7 September 2015

Kivalina, Alaska, United States

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Lack of access to sanitary bathrooms in the village of Kivalina, Alaska led to the implementation of a novel, home-based water sanitation system, currently being tested for effectiveness. The hope is that it proves to...

Vox

Erica Gies

5 September 2015

Houston, Texas, United States

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Cities across the world, suffering from increased threats of floods and droughts due to climate change, are finding new ways to manage water, such as reclaiming natural waterways and increasing on spot water absorption.

Public Radio International (PRI)

Joyce Hackel

26 August 2015

Aleppo, Aleppo Governorate, Syria

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In war zones, people have a difficult time finding clean water and safe areas to inhabit. Social media, smart phones, and technology applications are aiding in people’s survival. In Aleppo, Syria, the International C...

El Paso Times

Marty Schladen

22 August 2015

El Paso, Texas, United States

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El Paso Water Utilities is designing an advanced-purification plant in which water will be scrubbed through five additional steps before going into the city's water supply.

The Guardian

Elias Ntungwe Ngalame

7 July 2015

Cameroon

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Cameroon was plagued by droughts, water-related illnesses, and an influx of refugees--all of which required a surplus of clean water. The government devised solar panel water distribution systems, which brought fresh ...

Al Jazeera

Bibek Bhandari

Ankita Rao

31 May 2015

Chaina, Punjab, India

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As India's government promotes organic exports, farmers in Punjab have non-economic reasons for avoiding pesticides: Their health.

Ensia

Didem Tali

26 May 2015

Malawi

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The people of Malawi count on wood for cooking, cleaning, and sanitation, which contributes to the country’s ranking as fifth highest in the world for deforestation. Once thought unsolvable, the people of the country ...

Al Jazeera

Juliana Schatz

25 May 2015

Huamantanga, Lima Metropolitan Area, Peru

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Climate change has led to shorter, more violent rainy seasons in the highlands around Lima, Peru, meaning that - even though there is theoretically enough water during the rainy season to sustain the local population,...

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Eleanor Goldberg

14 May 2015

Jalgaon, India

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MIT engineers created a cost-efficient solution to the lack of potable water in rural India. They built a solar-powered desalination model, which won the Desal Prize at the "Securing Water for Food" challenge.

Ensia

Brian Bienkowski

13 April 2015

San Diego, California, United States

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Population growth, climate change, and droughts are factors that have depleted the world’s freshwater resources. Scientists around the world have experimented with desalination of salt water to increase the supply the...

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