24 Jan '12, 7pm

Wasting the Wastewater

Wasting the Wastewater

Djakhangir Zakhidov for The Texas Tribune Wastewater being treated at a plant in Fort Worth. While its reuse in industry and on golf courses is common, scientists say that recycling will also be crucial to the drinking supply someday. Each day, American municipalities discharge enough treated wastewater into natural sources to fill Lake Champlain within six months. Growing pressure on water supplies and calls for updating the ancient subterranean piping infrastructure have brought new scrutiny to this step in the treatment process, which is labeled wasteful and unnecessary by a spectrum of voices. “As the world enters the 21st century, the human community finds itself searching for new paradigms for water supply and management,” says a report released this month by the Water Science and Technology Board of the National Research Council, a division of the National Academy o...

Full article: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/24/wasting-the-was...

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