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Texas plant will turn sewage into drinking water

  1. Stacie L profile image87
    Stacie Lposted 5 years ago


    updated 8/11/2011 8:35:40 AM ET
    FORT WORTH, Texas  In parched West Texas, it's often easier to drill for oil than to find new sources of water.
    So after years of diminishing water supplies made even worse by the second-most severe drought in state history, some communities are resorting to a plan that might have seemed absurd a generation ago: turning sewage into drinking water.
    Construction recently began on a $13 million water-reclamation plant believed to be the first of its kind in Texas. And officials have worked to dispel any fears that people will be drinking their neighbors' urine, promising the system will yield clean, safe water. Some residents are prepared to put aside any squeamishness if it means having an abundant water supply.
    http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/44103202/ … king-water
    I'm so sorry for those living in Texas this summer..the oppressive heat,no rain and now drinking water made from sewage...yikes

    1. jamessteadman profile image82
      jamessteadmanposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Singapore's been doing that for a while now I'm pretty sure.  I think it's more of a 'don't think about where it came from' issue haha, but I wouldn't be jumping to get a glass of water if that happened in my town.

      1. johncimble profile image61
        johncimbleposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        yep, also in Queensland Australia they've been doing it for a while too due to sometimes being a lack of water. Tastes good to me tongue

        1. earnestshub profile image86
          earnestshubposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          Being considered in other parts of Australia as well as desalination plants.
          I got suckered here, when the OP said plant, I thought flora. lol

        2. jamessteadman profile image82
          jamessteadmanposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          I hadn't realized it's happening in qld, is it in Brisbane? Guess I have been drinking sewage already if that's the case haha, nothing wrong so far!

    2. jseven profile image83
      jsevenposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I don't think it's too far off from taking our lake water in Michigan and turning it into drinking water.  The spill-off of a bigger city sewage plant has been one of the stinking issues for years with our drinking water. Sorry foe the pun. wink

      One thing that bothers me is that they really can't filter out the drugs, medications and hormones that end up in the lake or sewage, that I know of. My granddaughter got a deadly E-Coli case when she was two and I am convinced it had spread from my son-in-law to her after hitting all of his kids. He had been water-tubing a month in a near-by bayou, prior to the whole family sickness. There was a E-Coli alert at that time, but it was no longer on when the CDC did their investigation of my granddaughter's near death sickness that landed her in the hospital for nine days and several blood transfusions.

      Because the alert was no longer on the bayou at the time she got sick, we could not prove the case and of course, CDC played dumb about it. I prefer a high-quality water purifier for my tap water and hope that it keeps me safe.

  2. Melind profile image59
    Melindposted 5 years ago

    I can see how this can be good and even necessary but change the fact that I would probably have to go dehydrated before I considered using the water!

  3. paradigmsearch profile image91
    paradigmsearchposted 5 years ago

    It is my understanding that a county in California is perpetrating this as well.

  4. optimus grimlock profile image60
    optimus grimlockposted 5 years ago

    I want assss juice free water please!