03 May '17, 10am

Veggies grown with toilet water could be headed to your table

Second in a series on lessons from California’s water crisis. “It’s going to be kind of noisy — and very smelly,” Laura Anhalt warns, laughing, as we enter our first building at the primary wastewater treatment plant in Modesto, California. She’s right: The funk of processed sewage hits quickly. Inside, a conveyor rake scrapes crumbling, sodden paper up out of a vat of water. Nearby, a large metal mouth swallows the paper pieces and feeds them through a compactor that extrudes a solid hunk of waste nearly as wide around as a human torso. Separating out the solids — unappetizing as it smells — is the first step in cleaning the water that Modesto residents wash down their sinks and flush down their toilets every day. Separating out the solids at the Sutter wastewater treatement plant in Modesto. (Emma Foehringer Merchant) This process happens at thousands of similar plants a...

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