By ANGELA K. BROWN
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.
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I'm so sorry for those living in Texas this summer..the oppressive heat,no rain and now drinking water made from sewage...
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.
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
Being considered in other parts of Australia as well as desalination plants.
I got suckered here, when the OP said plant, I thought flora.
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!
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.
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.
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!
It is my understanding that a county in California is perpetrating this as well.
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