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Orange County, California.

A wealthy California enclave has some of the purest tap water in the country, and it starts out as sewage

Orange County tap water, which is filtered sewage, is "as clean as water can be," Seth Siegel writes in his new book, "Troubled Water." Here's how.
A woman moves a solar panel during an installation on a roof in San Francisco, California.

A new solar-power device can turn salt water into clean drinking water and produce electricity at the same time

The technology could turn salt water into drinking water in drought-prone areas, all while generating renewable energy.
Pacific Ocean swimmer Ben Lecomte found microplastic stuck to his face after a recent swim.

Bottled water from major brands like Aquafina, Nestle, and Dasani contains tiny plastic particles, and evidence suggests they’re major contribut...

Bottled water drinkers sip down lots of tiny bits of plastic. A fresh report from the World Health Organization suggests it's a major source of trash.

Alkaline water advocates say it helps with weight loss and hydrates better than regular water, but nutritionists aren’t buying it

Alkaline water has a higher PH than regular water, but research suggests that doesn't mean much to your body.
Sara Dean and her 2-year-old son, Patrick, at their home in Parchment, Michigan, a few months after it was discovered that Parchment's drinking water was contaminated with high levels of PFAS.

‘Forever chemicals’ linked to cancer and developmental issues lurk in the blood of almost every American. Here’s how to avoid them.

Most humans are exposed to PFAS through food and water, but the chemicals have also been found in clothing and cosmetics.
A sign outside St. Stephan's Church, where Newark residents gathered on July 17 to collect free water filters from volunteers.

Newark’s lead contamination crisis could be worse than Flint’s. Residents say the city is handling it all wrong.

Tests have found elevated levels of lead in drinking water in Newark, New Jersey, due to corroding lead pipes.
A sign outside St. Stephan's Church, where Newark residents gathered on July 17 to collect free water filters from volunteers.

New Jersey’s largest city is distributing bottled water — another sign that its water crisis may be mirroring Flint

The EPA warned residents on Friday that water filters distributed by the city "may not be reliably effective" at removing lead.

11 terrifying things that could be lurking in your tap water

Common contaminants include lead, which can produce permanent brain damage in children, and PFOA, which has been linked to cancer.
PFAS have been found in food packaging, as well as food items.

The FDA found ‘forever chemicals’ in meat, seafood, and chocolate cake sold in grocery stores. Here’s how worried you should be.

The toxic chemicals in question, known as PFAS, have been associated with cancer, liver damage, and developmental issues.