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Austin Issues Unprecedented Boil-Water Order in Wake of Extreme Flooding Austin Issues Unprecedented Boil-Water Order in Wake of Extreme Flooding

Rain has been messing with central Texas. And in an effort to make sure it doesn’t mess with residents’ guts, Austin issued an order for the entire city to boil its water on Monday.

Here’s Where the Post-Apocalyptic Water Wars Will Be Fought Here’s Where the Post-Apocalyptic Water Wars Will Be Fought

A United Nations report published last week said we have about a decade to get climate change under control, which—let’s be honest—isn’t likely to happen. So break out your goalie masks and harpoon guns, a Mad Max future awaits! Now, as new research points out, we even know where on Earth the inevitable water wars are…

North Carolina Is Facing a Public Health Crisis After Florence North Carolina Is Facing a Public Health Crisis After Florence

Hurricane Florence unleashed unfathomable amounts of disgusting—and dangerous—substances into the environment. There’s literal pig shit, animal carcasses, and coal ash. These are already entering floodwaters, and there’s likely more pollution to come. After all, flooding in the Carolinas may continue to worsen.

Ominous 'Civil Emergency' Alert Sent to Oregon Residents Due to 'Technology Issue' Ominous 'Civil Emergency' Alert Sent to Oregon Residents Due to 'Technology Issue'

911 dispatchers in Oregon had a busy evening on Tuesday as panicked citizens flooded the phone lines after receiving an emergency alert warning of a “civil emergency” in progress. Authorities quickly attempted to calm the public admitting that there was a “technology issue” and the message was sent in error.

Cape Town’s Controversial Plan to Solve Its Water Crisis for Good Cape Town’s Controversial Plan to Solve Its Water Crisis for Good

CAPE TOWN—In the midst of a historic drought, Cape Town is looking for solutions both immediate and long-term to its water supply problems. Although the potential shut-off of Cape Town’s taps on ‘Day Zero’ is likely to be narrowly averted this year thanks to intensive water-saving efforts, long-term drought, coupled…

Dangerous Drinking Water Is Nothing New for Puerto Ricans Dangerous Drinking Water Is Nothing New for Puerto Ricans

The drinking water situation has gotten so desperate in Puerto Rico post-Hurricane Maria that the Environmental Protection Agency reported Wednesday some people are turning to wells on hazardous waste sites to find water.

Director of Michigan's Health Department Faces Involuntary Manslaughter Charge Over Flint Water Crisis (UPDATED)   Director of Michigan's Health Department Faces Involuntary Manslaughter Charge Over Flint Water Crisis (UPDATED)  

On Wednesday, Michigan’s Attorney General announced it will charge Nick Lyon, the Health and Human Services Director, with involuntary manslaughter for his role in the Flint water crisis. During the crisis, caused in part by substandard water treatment, 100,000 residents were exposed to elevated levels of lead, a…

Controversial Bee-Killing Insecticide Found in US Drinking Water Controversial Bee-Killing Insecticide Found in US Drinking Water

A class of insecticides linked to colony collapse disorder in bee colonies has been detected in US drinking water for the very first time. The amounts are admittedly low, but scientists aren’t sure if long term exposure to these chemicals, known as neonicotinoids, are a threat to human health.

Flint's Drinking Water Is Getting Safer, But the Crisis Isn’t Over Flint's Drinking Water Is Getting Safer, But the Crisis Isn’t Over

On Tuesday, a new study found that the level of lead in Flint, Michigan’s drinking water is beneath the federal threshold, though residents are still being told to use filtered water. It’s welcome news for a city that has been grappling with one of the worst environmental disasters in US history—but many folks aren’t…

The EPA Finally Admits That Fracking Contaminates Drinking Water The EPA Finally Admits That Fracking Contaminates Drinking Water

A new report by the US Environmental Protection Agency concludes that hydraulic fracturing is capable of contaminating drinking water at virtually every stage in the process. The admission won’t sit well with President-elect Donald Trump, who has vowed to expand the controversial practice.

Six Million Americans Have This Toxic Chemical in Their Drinking Water Six Million Americans Have This Toxic Chemical in Their Drinking Water

Add this to the growing list of reasons to be uneasy about your municipal water supply: a new Harvard study has found that six million Americans drink water containing unsafe levels of obscure industrial pollutants associated with cancer and other severe health consequences.

What Happened In Flint Doesn't Mean You Should Stop Drinking Tap Water What Happened In Flint Doesn't Mean You Should Stop Drinking Tap Water

Lead poisoning the drinking water of Flint is the worst possible disaster. It’s a breakdown of urban systems that could’ve been avoided. It’s an instance of smarmy politicians lying to their constituents. It’s one of the scariest stories I’ve had to write about in some time. But it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t trust the…

Flint May Be Ordered By a Federal Court to Replace Its Lead Pipes  Flint May Be Ordered By a Federal Court to Replace Its Lead Pipes 

The water contamination scandal in Flint has led to plenty of legal action, but new lawsuit filed today finally has some teeth. A coalition of advocacy groups allege that by switching drinking water sources, Flint officials violated the federal Safe Drinking Water Act, meaning a federal court could order Flint to…

This Water Bottle Filters All Germs As You Drink This Water Bottle Filters All Germs As You Drink

Worry about dirty water when you're traveling, biking or hiking and don't want to fuss with a complicated, heavy filter or pollute the taste of your drinking water with chemical treatments? This new Naked Filter from Liquidity promises to remove "99.9999%" of bacteria and protozoa as you sip.

All the Reasons Why You Need to Purify Drinking Water All the Reasons Why You Need to Purify Drinking Water

You know you need to filter, treat or boil water you find in the wilderness. But why? Well, there's a number of answers, starting with words like E. Coli, Hepatitis A, Giardia and Cryptosporidiosis.

Some of Canada's Lakes Are Turning Into Jelly Thanks to Acid Rain Some of Canada's Lakes Are Turning Into Jelly Thanks to Acid Rain

It's a real bummer to hear that 150 years of industrialization wrecked the Earth so bad that it'll take thousands to recover. It's a much bigger bummer to see the situation in real life. That's exactly what's happening in a large number of Canada's lakes, which are turning into jelly thanks to acid rain.

Portland's Draining An Entire Reservoir Because One Dude Peed In It Portland's Draining An Entire Reservoir Because One Dude Peed In It

Urine trouble, Portland. Thirty-eight million gallons of treated, ready-to-drink water will be flushed into the Columbia River after a teenager peed in a city reservoir.

Scientists Make Bricks With Sludge Filtered From Arsenic-Laced Water Scientists Make Bricks With Sludge Filtered From Arsenic-Laced Water

Arsenic-contaminated water is a massive problem in the developing world. But, even when you filter it out, the toxic sludge that the process produces often gets dumped right back into the water supply. It's tough to dream up a use for arsenic soup, but one research team finally has: They're making bricks out of it.

Why Drinking Purified Poo Water Is So Gross, Even When It Shouldn't Be Why Drinking Purified Poo Water Is So Gross, Even When It Shouldn't Be

There's a reason you don't drink out of the toilet. It's gross. Even if you got a super toilet that only flushed diamond rain water, it'd still be disgusting. But that's the thing. The only thing keeping you from drinking cleansed pisswater is you.

Tapi, A Rubber Adapter That Turns Your Faucet Into A Drinking Fountain Tapi, A Rubber Adapter That Turns Your Faucet Into A Drinking Fountain

Yes, the Tapi is silly looking. But it makes some sense. Attach the Tapi to your faucet and squeeze the rubber end to turn your faucet into a low cost, full-fledged drinking fountain. No cup necessary!

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