20 Nov '11, 3pm

Facing Extreme Drought and A Booming Population, Texans May Soon Be Drinking Treated Sewage Water

Facing Extreme Drought and A Booming Population, Texans May Soon Be Drinking Treated Sewage Water

Erik Cheung /CC BY 2.0 "Final Effluent" - but is it ever final? In Texas, the water flowing from sewage plants -- effluent -- isn't just for golf courses any more. It's for drinking! As The Houston Chronicle reports: "Wastewater -- the water that runs down the drain as you brush your teeth, wash dishes and clothes, shower and flush your toilet -- will be increasingly important to Texas' future. The 2012 state water plan predicts use of so-called "reclaimed water" will grow by about 50 percent by 2060, to 614,000 acre-feet per year, or more than 20 million gallons." Texas water suppliers plan to blend a small portion of the highly treated effluent, as necessary, with more 'natural' waters -- presumably to dilute the wretch factor. If the extreme Texas drought continues apace, however, they might have tip the balance more toward the straight effluent, no chaser, blend. I kno...

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