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Contamination

Much of the world’s freshwater is contaminated by natural or human causes. Untreated waste, industrial refuse, pesticides, and other pollutants inundate waters and make them not just dirty but deadly. Water-related diseases cause millions of fatalities every year.

Some ailments have an immediate impact, like diarrheas caused by pathogenic microbes. Others, like cancers caused by heavy metals, may take years to surface. Despite their diversity most of these ailments share a common characteristic—they could be easily prevented by reliable access to a safe water supply.

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