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By 2030, it's estimated that ~60% of the world’s population will live in cities with 1 million or more inhabitants. It's time to consider how urbanization will affect the quality of drinking water. Read on to learn how urban development impacts the natural water cycle, changes water quality and its availability.

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Our entire food system relies on pesticides. One of the primary ways that pesticides work their way into the water supply is by seeping through the soil to the groundwater. Around 50 percent of people in the US — and about 95 percent of those living in agricultural areas — rely on groundwater for drinking water. What does this mean for our health risk?

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We write a lot about water–how it smells, how it tastes, and primarily, what’s in it. For those of you who test water with us, we write about how your water quality connects with your health. We’ve discussed (many times over) why water quality matters, but until now, we’ve not explained where our tap water come from in the first place…

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The recent California droughts are considered to be the state’s worst ever. They've made headlines for decades, leading to a flood of information regarding the complex issues accompanying the ongoing crisis. However, many remain confused. Enter Water Deeply–an online water outlet–whose investigative reporting sheds light on many of these complex topics. We've created a brief overview of their phenomenal reporting to help clarify many of the issues brought on by the California drought and subsequent water crisis.

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Hydraulic fracturing–colloquially known as “fracking”–began as an experiment in 1947. Today, it’s a well-worn approach to natural gas production. However, it remains a highly controversial practice and concerns–both health and environmental–are magnified when fracking projects occur near groundwater wells.

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Beyond the immediate chaos and destruction of mass inundation, floods bring a host of other hazards. While suspended sewage and oil slicks are clear indications of contamination, it is always safest to assume that floodwater is contaminated no matter what it looks like. Read on and find out the risks. 

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