This has become a rapidly growing trend over the last 2 decades.
It has always made sense for many reasons, but people could not get over the “Yuk” factor.
Today, I don’t even hear about that anymore. This is also very cost effective.
The water coming out of the system, is cleaner than the river it came out of.
And the water going down your drain is soon going to be as clean, or even cleaner, than the district started with before processing it into tap water.
That old story about the water going into the river, which goes into the ocen, where it evaporates into the rain clouds that refill the lakes and streams became obsolete 50 years ago. And yes, that too is an environmental problem of critical proportions that is induced by humankind.
And it’s even worse. Today we are facing the problem with increasing salinity in the rivers. The well water is also getting saltier, and saltier, as the fresher water that was above it is withdrawn. But the water that flows to your taps, and down the drains has not gotten saltier.
That is precious.
In summary, if the water going down your drain is not being recycled, you should start a drive to make sure it is. Your community will have better water for a lot longer when it is.
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LNG anyone? It could affordably, and cleanly provide the ultra-reliability we need everywhere renewable energy is being used.
Almost every source of freshwater the population needs to survive is going away. The freshwater that’s been stored in Glaciers-is melting and ending up too contaminated and saline for consumption before it can even become seawater.
The underground freshwater sources are depleting from over withdrawal and the depletion is happening far quicker than recharge is happening, and recharge is slowing down.
It takes a lot of energy to desalinate water, and although the cost is declining, and we can decarbonize it, the cost is infinitely more expensive than the global economy can afford.
Everyone knows how passionate I’ve been about this issue, and for how long, but the issues are still the same.
This excellent article highlights the challenges and provides a list of the barriers we have to find our way around.
How can we charge enough for a commodity that the planet owns to both reduce wastage, and pay for taking humankind’s pollution out of it and making it fit to use again? And how can we structure that “enterprise” in a way that will pay for itself?
No matter how many millions are spent on generating reports like the UN, and World Bank publishes, we are stalled in all but the wealthiest countries.
The United Nations Environment Program has predicted that half the globes population could face severe water stress by 2030.