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California prepares to transform sewage into pure drinking water under new rules

California is set to approve regulations for transforming wastewater into pure drinking water. Experts say the highly treated water isn't 'toilet-to-tap.'
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Not ‘toilet to tap:’ CA will turn sewage into drinking water

Under California’s draft rules, waste would undergo extensive treatment and testing, providing a new, costly but renewable water supply.
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Crud-to-crude: The global potential of biofuels made from human waste

Creating liquid biofuels from human waste shows promise as a way to meet one of alternative energy’s greatest challenges: reducing the transportation sector’s heavy carbon footprint. The good news is there is a steady supply stream where waste is treated.

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Black Alabamians endured poor sewage for decades. Now they may see justice.

Officials in Alabama discriminated against Black residents in a rural county by denying them access to adequate sanitation systems and ignoring the serious health risks plaguing the community, according to a settlement announced by the Biden administration.
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San Francisco startup turns human poop into fertilizer

Epic Cleantec's machines can sanitize globs of sewage for a farm-fresh result.
Even in Canada, where water prices are low, aging infrastructure and rising costs are a problem

Even in Canada, where water prices are low, aging infrastructure and rising costs are a problem

And that cost is rising, and it is hitting low-income families hard, with more than 130,000 low-income households in 22 of Canada’s largest cities already paying more for residential water use than they can afford.

It's time to knock the toilet off its pedestal

It's time to knock the toilet off its pedestal

The flush toilet may be the world’s gold standard for sanitation, but the sewer infrastructure it demands is inefficient, costly and outdated. 
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