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Human Nature Making it Difficult to Supply Clean Water

Rodrigo Mejia

Researchers and clean water workers were surprised to find evidence of contaminated water in people's homes, even when a treated source was nearby. That's because, according to NPR, supplying water-insecure regions is typically addressed as an engineering problem. What isn't accounted for is human nature. Locals are reluctant to trust chlorine as a purifying additive and it's common to forgo adding it to water containers--which may dirty a clean supply--when distracted by daily concerns.

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