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Water is a tasteless, odorless, and nearly colorless (it has a slight hint of blue) substance in its pure form that is essential to all known forms of life and is known also as the most universal solvent.

Water is an abundant substance on Earth.

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Deutsche Welle (Aug. 21, 2013) As a result of the economic crisis, many municipalities in Spain have sold their public water utilities to private companies. Now some local communities are finding out that the water supply networks are no longer being maintained properly and that water quality is on the decline. By the end of the year, about 60 percent of water utility management will be partly or entirely in private hands, making Spain the frontrunner in water privatization within Europe. Some experts are already calling it a "water bubble, and communities that are still trying to sell their water utilities are no longer able to obtain top prices. Now some communities are trying to regain public control over their water supply.
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Climate in Bolivia: Water for La Paz

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Deutsche Welle (Nov. 11, 2012) The metropolitan area of La Paz is expected to grow to 8 million people in the coming twenty years. Water from the mountains is already barely sufficient to supply the Bolivian capital during dry seasons. Because of climate change, rainy seasons can no longer be reliably calculated. To ensure an adequate long-term supply of clean water for the region, which lies at an altitude of 4000 meters above sea level, water management around the six Andean glaciers has to be adjusted to suit the climatic changes.
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Ecology Versus Economic Use the Clean Water Quarrel

Ecology Versus Economic Use the Clean Water Quarrel

Deutsche Welle (Nov. 4, 2013) Germany's Federal Environment Agency estimates that a quarter of all German groundwater contains excessive concentrations of nitrates - threatening some communities' water supply. The cause is over-fertilization of farmers' fields. Germany, Austria and Switzerland have been successfully joint-monitoring Lake Constance water quality for years. But authorities in Lower Saxony are only beginning to tackle the problem. Drinking water there often exceeds the EU norm of 50 milligrams of nitrates per liter.
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Calif. Brewery Taps New Technology, Saves Water

Calif. Brewery Taps New Technology, Saves Water

AP (Mar. 13, 2014) With water in short supply in California, one brewery is using new technology to recycle water. Microbes are used to treat the wastewater to generate clean water and energy needed for brewing. (March 13) Video provided by AP
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