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Securing safe drinking water

New purification methods can make it possible to rely on untapped water sources, such as saltwater, and to provide clean water after a disaster. The next step: getting treated water safely into our taps.

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Water treatment tech

Helpful bacteria are turning agricultural and oil-and-gas wastewater into clean water and energy, acoustic methods are shaking contaminants out, and engineered viruses are keeping harmful bacteria in check. The long-term future? Water treatment that's compact, mobile and off the grid.

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New water cycle

Why waste our water? Engineers envision a new cycle of water reuse, an urgent need where water is scarce. That means using greywater right where we make it, capturing stormwater and run-off, and understanding how contamination affects our waterways and homes.

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Clean water tied to food and energy

Understanding the connections between water, food and energy helps researchers create sustainable ways to meet our needs for all three.

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Water cycle of our dreams

Explore an engineer's futuristic fantasy water flow between homes, industry and farming.

Engineering clean water

Engineering researchers are creating new ways to handle drought, chemical spills and water purification.
Imagine a clean water future.

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Need clean water for the home? For a camping trip? For a whole city? See how engineers choose water filtration systems based on a number of factors.

See some of the most captivating images associated with water research and exploration at the NSF Tumblr page.

Food, energy and water represent a complex system that sustains life on earth. Learn more about NSF research, workshops and reports on this themes at the Food Energy Water blog.

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