Rural Valley residents can't take clean water for granted
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Every few days, Valeriana Alvarado of Tooleville loads up empty 5-gallon water jugs to refill in nearby Exeter so her family will have clean water to drink.
Pure Sierra water turns toxic in nitrate-laced Valley soil
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From Orosi, the snow atop the Sierra looks clean and pure. But by the time snowmelt reaches the town's wells, it's tainted with nitrates.
Efforts to deliver small towns from bad water get lost in a bureaucratic maze
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Second-grader Daniela Saldana, 7, sips water from the bottom of a paper cup outside the cafeteria during recess at Stone Corral Elementary in Seville. The school has two water dispensers on the school grounds and one in each classroom.