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The Terroir of Tap

The Terroir of Tap

Where tap water gets its flavor – and why one chef sees it as the key to making the perfect pizza dough.

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Arsenic and Old Wells

Arsenic and Old Wells

Six years after the EPA's new arsenic rule for drinking water went into effect, poor communities in the San Joaquin Valley—who can’t afford the costs of complying with the stricter standard—face the highest risk of exposure to unsafe arsenic levels.

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Raise Your Glass to Groundwater

Raise Your Glass to Groundwater

Groundwater is still a major player in Bay Area water supplies, if a largely invisible one.

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QUEST Quiz: Water

QUEST Quiz: Water

How much water does it take to produce a steak? How much water does a leaky toilet waste? Test your water knowledge in this quiz.

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Producer's Notes: California's Water Future

Producer's Notes: California's Water Future

Could the future of potable water in California be in recycling wastewater? The Orange County Water District thinks so. In February of this year it opened its advanced water treatment plant, which produces 50 million gallons of potable water per day. It took them 13 years to finish the project. They spent a lot of […]

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Reporter's Notes: Drugs In Our Drinking Water

Reporter's Notes: Drugs In Our Drinking Water

It's tricky to talk about pharmaceuticals in the drinking water without risking two really unfortunate side effects: 1) Make people panic that their tap water is unsafe. 2) Send listeners running to Costco to buy pallet-loads of overpriced, highly packaged, and often dubiously-sourced bottled water. You can never really say enough about everything that's wrong […]

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