Digital attacks can cause havoc in different places all at the same time.
Nuclear threats are serious – but officials, the media and the public keep a close eye on them. There's less attention to the dangers of cyberattacks, which could cripple key utilities.
Aeration tanks at the Oaks wastewater treatment plant in New Providence, Penn.
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The 'used water' that flows from our showers, dishwashers and toilets isn't a waste to engineers – it contains valuable materials. The challenge is recovering them and turning them into products.
Hull Peninsula and part of the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area.
A few decades ago Boston Harbor was one of the nation's dirtiest water bodies. Now, healthier fish in the harbor underscore that a multibillion-dollar cleanup has succeeded.
Many towns in Newfoundland and Labrador have issues with disinfection byproducts created by chlorination.
Chlorine has been used to disinfect drinking water for more than a hundred years. But new alternatives may be safer.
Which council has Australia’s best-tasting water?
Every year councils around Australia compete to prove they have the best-tasting tap water in the country.
Water treatment plants can’t afford not to think about electricity too.
Cities all over the world are facing growing challenges to provide clean, reliable water. And many of the fixes, such as desalination plants, have a huge carbon footprint.
Big sewer pipes take all sewage to a place where it is treated. This place is called a sewage treatment plant.
You flush the toilet. Down it goes. What happens after that? Clancy, age four, wants to know.
Ingredients from shampoo, sunscreens and other personal care products are turning up in water supplies. Some are toxic or cause hormonal damage to aquatic life, and could threaten human health.
There is no longer any good reason to waste any type of water. We have the technology to turn waste water into a vital resource.
An expert in water science explains the mysterious chemistry behind water treatment.
Many antibiotics simply no longer work.
There's one important piece of the puzzle we're missing when it comes to antimicrobial resistance.
News about the sewage and pollution in Guanabara Bay in Rio have caused health concerns among Olympic athletes.
Wastewater treatment systems around the world are hamstrung by outdated tests that don't identify a growing array of pathogens or identify the sources of pollutants.
There are still concerns over the impact of upstream coalmines on water in the Warragamba Dam, a key part of Sydney’s water network.
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The cutting of senior staff from WaterNSW, the body that oversees the safety of Sydney's water supply, poses serious risks to Australia's most complex water network.
Lead can linger in bones.
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Lead might not be in paint or gasoline anymore, but since it doesn't break down in the home or the environment it remains a problem throughout the U.S.
Disinfecting municipal water systems is complex, but Flint made critical errors that led to the lead poisoning crisis.
Treating municipal water, particularly from rivers, is difficult technically and cash-strapped municipalities like Flint don't always know the latest science.
Ruin of a second-century public toilet in Roman Ostia.
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Archaeological and textual detective work is filling in some information about how ancient Romans used and thought about their sewers thousands of years ago.
Superbug breeding ground? It’s not just hospitals that have to battle the threat of antibiotic-resistant microbes.
The fight against antibiotic-resistant bacteria – so-called “superbugs” – is a huge challenge, one that the World Health Organization has described as a grave global problem. When superbugs hit the headlines…