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10-01-2016 LSU Pregame

Contaminants in drinking water force cities to build new plants, drill more wells, raise rates

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Contaminants in drinking water force cities to build new plants, drill more wells, raise rates

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Standing at the edge of the Great Lakes, Toledo, Ohio, seems immune from the water-supply problems that bedevil other parts of the country. But even here, next to the world’s largest surface source of fresh water, the promise of an endless tap can be a mirage. Algae blooms in Lake Erie […]

Contaminants in drinking water force cities to build new plants, drill more wells, raise rates

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Standing at the edge of the Great Lakes, Toledo, Ohio, seems immune from the water-supply problems that bedevil other parts of the country.

But even here, next to the world’s largest surface source of fresh water, the promise of an endless tap can be a mirage.

Algae blooms in Lake Erie have become so toxic that they shut down Toledo’s water system last year for two days.

Similar concerns about water quality are playing out elsewhere. Farm fertilizers, discarded pharmaceuticals, industrial chemicals and even saltwater from rising oceans are seeping into many of the aquifers, reservoirs and rivers that supply Americans with drinking water.

Combating these growing threats means cities and towns must tap new water sources, upgrade aging treatment plants and install miles of pipeline, at tremendous cost.

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