05/10/2013 11:33 pm ET Updated Jul 10, 2013

Why Federal Efforts to Ensure Clean Tap Water Fail to Reach Faucets Nationwide

MONSON, Calif. -- Laura Garcia was halfway through the breakfast dishes when the spigot went dry. The small white tank beneath the sink that purified her undrinkable water had run out. Still, as annoying as that was, it was an improvement over the days before Ms. Garcia got her water filter, when she had to do her dishes using water from five-gallon containers she bought at a local store.

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