ITHACA, N.Y. — Three Cornell University teams have been awarded $15,000 each from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to support their research on environmental sustainability, according to an article by The Cornell Daily Sun.

One of the teams will be working to recycle old clothing in new ways while the two other teams will work to provide sustainable safe drinking water to poor communities, the article reported.

According to the article, the two teams working for sustainable safe water both stem from Cornell's AguaClara program; "Sustainable Water Treatment Facility for Communities with Arsenic Contaminated Groundwater" and "'Smart' Turbidimeters for Remote Monitoring of Water Quality."

The first group is working to remove arsenic from groundwater to turn it into drinking water, while the second will use the grant money to upgrade technology and purchase new chemicals to experiment with the composition of water, the article reported.

A total of 40 teams from colleges and universities across the U.S. were awarded the EPA Phase I grants this year, the article noted.

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