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By San Diego Union Tribune http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/  The new Poway front yard of Andrea and Bob Raibert has dry creek beds and drought-tolerant plants. (Eduardo Contreras / U-T) Bob and Andrea Raibert experienced a shock when they moved from a smaller property to their new home in Poway and then got the water bill for last July …

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Photo credit: SW Parra The Fresno Bee By The Fresno Bee http://www.fresnobee.com Flint, Michigan, and its 100,000 citizens exist in one universe; California’s Central Valley and its population of nearly a million cling to survival in another. Both have economic woes. Both suffer a deadly water supply made toxic with lead. Beyond that, all comparison ends. First, …

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  By NBC 7 San Diego News  http://www.nbcsandiego.com Some 700,000 Californians are currently being exposed to contaminated water at home or at school, according to the latest data from California’s Water Resources Control Board. NBC 7 discovered more than 3,000 of those residents are living in the San Diego region, often in poorer, rural communities …

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2016 in Review: California drought eased, but it’s not over By The Mercury News http://www.mercurynews.com/ As 2016 wound down, California entered its sixth year of drought. But every part of the state wasn’t created equal. Northern California experienced significant drought relief during the year, while Southern California continued to be mired in historically arid conditions. The …

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How to Keep Your Water Safe By WebMD Health News http://www.webmd.com/ Since water in Flint, MI, was found to contain lead, the issue of what’s in tap water has been in the spotlight. Recently, researchers suggested that faucet-mounted water filters given to Flint residents may actually increase the amount of bacteria in the water. Meanwhile, some …

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A-Z Tips for a Green Christmas Christmas doesn’t have to be a time of excess if you follow a few simple steps, writes Jessica Aldred of The Guardian A is for artificial trees These are not necessarily greener – although they last for longer, they are made from plastic, not recycleable or from a renewable …

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What is chromium-6 and how did it infiltrate America’s drinking water? By SPBS Newshour http://www.pbs.org/ Chromium-6, the cancer-causing chemical best known for its role in the Erin Brockovich story, has been found at higher-than-recommended levels in the tap water supplying two-thirds of all Americans, according to a report from the Environmental Working Group. EWG, a nonprofit …

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40 Ways To Save Money By Going Green By Small Footprint Family / http://www.smallfootprintfamily.com Our environment is in dire shape, and we seem to be running out of everything while trash and pollution seem to never stop increasing. But trying to live a little greener can seem quite daunting. Beyond recycling, what more can you …

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Is There Lead in Your Kid’s School Water? NBC Surveys 20 Big Cities The expert who blew the whistle on the Flint water crisis says the only way to protect the nation’s school children against lead in drinking water is regular testing of virtually every fountain or sink they might use during the day. But …

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5,300 U.S. water systems are in violation of lead rules (CNN)Eighteen million Americans live in communities where the water systems are in violation of the law. Moreover, the federal agency in charge of making sure those systems are safe not only knows the issues exist, but it’s done very little to stop them, according to …

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