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Six million people in Pennsylvania and neighboring states get their drinking water from the Susquehanna River. Major pollution sources include agriculture, urban development and industry. Nicholas A. Tonelli

Is your drinking water safe? Here’s how you can find out

America's drinking water infrastructure is aging and needs billions of dollars in upgrades. Two extension educators urge consumers to monitor their water and have it tested if they suspect problems.
Ethiopian girls carrying water. Waterdotorg

Women still carry most of the world’s water

According to a new UN report, more than two billion people around the world do not have access to clean, safe water in their homes. Most of the work of getting water falls to women and girls.
A boy jumps from a water pipe into a canal as temperatures soar in New Delhi. Access to clean and regular water remains a challenge for India’s capital. Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

New Delhi is running out of water

Access to clean and regular water remains a challenge for New Delhi, a city that could easily tackle its water crisis with greater effort.
Water levels in Cape Town fell to 20% of their capacity. Lucy Rodina

Cape Town needs a new approach to manage water

Building resilience in Cape Town's water sector will require addressing risks like climate change, drought and flooding. Stormwater and groundwater are tipped as potential solutions.
Coal mines, such as this one near Bowen, use water for everything from equipment cooling to dust management. CSIRO

Why does the Carmichael coal mine need to use so much water?

Adani's controversial Carmichael coal mine in Queensland's Galilee Basin has been granted an unlimited 60-year water licence. But a range of measures could help the industry use less freshwater.
Paul Odihambo shows off a bore well in his village outside of Kisumu, Kenya that a DIY aid group donated. Susan Appe

Will Trump’s cuts inspire more DIY foreign aid?

With steep budget cuts looming, a growing number of tiny volunteer-driven organizations are delivering aid on their own. Will the Trump administration inspire even more small-scale global giving?
In Kutch, a dry region within Gujarat, fresh water is scarce and endangered by industrial pollution. Nevil Zaveri/Flickr

Despite efforts, clean water is scarce in India’s industrial Gujarat state

India is trying to clean up its water. But in arid, industrial Gujarat state, it will take a long time – and many more protections – for rivers and lakes to recover from decades of heavy pollution.

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