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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.
In 2016, 4 billion pounds of plastic was used in US bottled water production.

12 facts that show why bottled water is one of the biggest scams of the century

Some Americans get their water for free from the tap. The rest pay for it — at the cost of $100 billion a year.
Christine Schindler and Dutch Waanders, co-founders of PathSpot.

The Chipotle E. coli outbreak inspired these 2 engineers to build a device that could quash the spread of foodborne illness

PathSpot uses spectroscopy — the study of the way light interacts with matter — to help determine whether or not there's bacteria on hands. Its founders say that the device could take off in hospitals, restaurants, airports, and schools.
Maybe steer clear of mixed drinks from now on.

A bartender says there’s a disgusting reason to order beer or wine over cocktails

A survey of bartenders found that some bars and restaurants don't keep their ice machines as clean as they should — and it could make you sick.

An 11-year-old has become ‘America’s Top Young Scientist’ for her sensor detecting lead in water

Gitanjali Rao, an 11-year-old from Lone Tree, Colorado, is the winner of this year's Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge.
A family waits as a man fills drums with potable water brought to their small mountain community once a day after Hurricane Maria crippled utilities near Guayama, Puerto Rico October 12, 2017.

Authorities in Puerto Rico are reportedly distributing water from a well at a hazardous-waste site

It is the latest indication of the growing humanitarian crisis in the US territory, three weeks after Hurricane Maria devastated the island.

Bottled water is a scam for most Americans — but a new report reveals some surprising places where it’s dangerous to drink the tap

A new report suggests the problem is much worse than researchers thought. It all comes down to testing — or in some cases, a failure to do so.