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Wells can contain high levels of arsenic in water

More than 44 million Americans get their water from private domestic wells, most of which are unregulated. Of those, a new study says that about two million people could be exposed to high levels of naturally occurring arsenic in their water.

Study focuses on Americans’ economic well being

A survey of economic well-being among Americans finds that 17 percent live in economically distressed communities. The same study shows that 27 percent of the American population live in prosperous areas.

Wildfires pose threat to Napa and Sonoma drinking water

Fortunately none of the Napa and Sonoma Counties ravaged by wildfires during October are without drinking water. However, water regulators say that treating drinking water may be a challenge as they work to mitigate ash and erosion around reservoirs.

California, despite wealth, still tops nation’s poverty ranking

Although California ranks eighth among global economies, the state also holds the dubious distinction of having the highest poverty rate in the United States. Analysts say the exorbitant housing costs and shortages are the cause. Others observe that recent wildfires that have destroyed thousands of homes are contributing to the problem.