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Clean Water for a Crowded, Contaminated World

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Photo of water coming out of a faucet.

Despite seemingly abundant water supplies, clean water shortages will have a critical impact on the people of the United States, with problems across the nation. Expected population growth, contamination of fresh water from agriculture and industry, and the traditionally low cost of water in the U.S.--coupled with the perceived risks of investing in new and unproven technologies--are all preventing the commercialization of innovative technologies. As clean water sources decrease, the U.S. will need a new strategy for detecting and removing contaminants.

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