Sunday , 11 December 2016

NATION’S WATER CHALLENGES ARE MANY, BUT SO ARE THE SOLUTIONS

Many of the nation’s water-supply systems need expensive improvements. And in the West and elsewhere, utilities are focused on finding enough water to meet demand. Although the problems are complex, experts generally agree on some basic solutions. PROTECT WATER SUPPLIES. Providing clean drinking water starts at the source — whether it’s an underground aquifer, a lake or a river. Many water system operators say it’s cheaper to protect water from contaminants than to commit hundreds of millions of dollars to build or improve treatment plants. States in the Midwest, where agricultural runoff is a chief concern, are beginning to limit where crops can be planted and when fertilizers can be spread on fields. The idea is to reduce the nitrates and phosphorus that seep into waterways. http://host.madison.com/news/nation-s-water-challenges-are-many-but-so-are-the/article_6076bba5-01a5-5af6-b922-fc44f16bc682.html

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