Reuse of Municipal Wastewater Has Potential to Augment Future Drinking Water Supplies

Water resources are depleting, and it seems that treatment in municipal waters for reuse may be the key in fighting this shortage of water.  The idea may seem uninviting at first because of its “ick” factor, but it would be crucial for helping us maintain our water supply. The treated water does not pose a threat to health because it “does not exceed and sometimes is even lower than the health risks of existing water.” If we use it the right way, we may even produce lower carbon emissions. This water has many applications and is even used currently in projects like watering golf courses or cooling down industrial plants.

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Written by Jonathan Chang

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