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Arizona grapples with balancing growth and a limited water supply

Sep 15, 2022
On of the state's major sources of water, the Colorado River, has fallen to historic lows.
Rancho Sahuarita has grown fast, and its water utility has had to grow quickly with it.
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Historic drought has brought water levels down to record lows on the Colorado River, seen here on March 28.
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Infrastructure plan targets lead pipe hazards

May 27, 2022
Experts say efforts to replace the potentially harmful piping grids are not moving fast enough.
Workers in Flint Michigan replace a lead water service line in March 2016.  The federal infrastructure law provides $15 billion to remove lead service lines, but experts say that's still not enough.
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In rural West Texas, the demand for well water is growing

Dec 14, 2021
People have been moving to far West Texas during the pandemic, but officials are concerned there isn't enough water to go around.
Lee Killingsworth and another driller operate the rig and look out onto the property.
Zoe Kurland

Study finds that fracking contaminated a water supply

Mar 29, 2016
One of the biggest debates about fracking is whether it pollutes underground water supplies
A fracking site is situated on the outskirts of town in the Permian Basin oil field on January 21, 2016 in the oil town of Midland, Texas. 
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On the ground from Kathmandu, Nepal

Apr 27, 2015
Aid workers face challenges after a devastating quake.
Nepalese rescue personnel and volunteers observe damaged buildings in Bhaktapur, Nepal, two days after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit the country. 
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Municipal water systems are vulnerable

Aug 4, 2014
Toledo residents can drink tap water again, but what does the future hold?

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Chicago water: What does lead taste like?

Sep 26, 2013
Chicago’s effort to rebuild its water system has run into a problem: it’s replacing lead pipes, and lead is seeping into the water supply.