No stranger to drought, California’s legislators, at the blessing of the State Water Resources Control Board, have decided to consider the possibility of recycling the state’s wastewater into drinking water as a means of conserving the scarce resource. While other states like Arizona have also talked about recycling wastewater if the need should arise, California is looking like it may be the first state to fully implement a full-fledged wastewater recycling program for consumption by the majority population.
The practice of purifying and recirculating water sources that are already available makes incredible economic and environmental sense, providing a long-awaited solution for the scarcity of water in states that are hurting for such a valuable resource. While farmers have long understood the importance of recycled water in sustaining their crops, the idea is undoubtedly controversial amongst the public despite the assurance of water quality boards that insist the final product is completely safe for human consumption following the purification process.
While the practice of recycling wastewater may be new to the United States, many urban populations throughout the world are already embracing the abundance of water resources that are a direct result of the process to re-use of water. In Israel, droughts are no longer a concern of local farmers. Their lack of water has turned into a surplus of water due to the implementation of wastewater recycling – and Singapore, once considered a poor water nation, is now producing enough water, via wastewater recycling, making the country independent in respect to water resources. Cities like Israel and Singapore continue to invest in wastewater recycling with the goal of sustaining the need for water for years to come.
Californians have been widely accepting of the idea, 90% of state residents are okay with an increase in funding for the recycling of wastewater, while more than 80% are supportive of using and consuming the recycled water on a daily basis. Melissa Meeker of Water Reuse Association & Water Environment and Reuse Foundation, stresses open-mindedness explaining that the recycled resource can be safer and purer that bottled water sources.
As California continues to pave the way for modern technology and setting trends, the rest of us can be assured that if California successfully proves the worth of wastewater recycling, we will see more of the water reuse to come in the future.
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