Drought means more "Toilet To Tap!"
August 12, 2011 12:15pm CST
Drought means more "Toilet To Tap!" Big Springs, Texas is rapidly drying up. In order to have enough water it is preparing to tap its citizens for their supplies. Or rather what they flush. This town will join several communities in California, Arizona, and the ISS space station in doing so when their water reclamation plant comes online. Before you gross out, toilet to tap isn't literally toilets go flush and come out your tap. The nasty goes through a very complex reclamation process that is like a Britta filter on steroids. The filters grab at everything, the nasty, salts, even traces of medicine get filtered out. The water is almost as good as distilled when it reaches your glass. Regular non-recycling human waste water plants have to filter out some pretty nasty things too. They are processing the contents of rivers, lakes, reservoirs, dams, and aquifers for drinking water. Except for the aquifer sources, all the above come with biological waste. That's dead fish, fish by product as fish excrete just like we do, and dead fish. Then there's the occasional human swimmer who decides that he or she doesn't want to go to land to let go some personal water, and human litter.
• United States
12 Aug 11
*Shrugs* Considering the usual stuff ending up in our water, reclamation honestly isn't that big of a deal. Many people who go "eww" about this are the same people who consume artificial colors, artificial sweeteners, pesticide-laden foods, high fructose corn syrup, and store their food in plastic containers that leech chemicals into the contents. All of that is far grosser and poses greater health risks than urine (which is pretty much sterile to begin with).
• United States
13 Aug 11
Personally, I couldn't give a flip where my water comes from provided that its been scrubbed within an inch of its 'life' by the time it gets to me. Reclamation plants also put less stress on the natural environment, leaving the fish to do their bits in peace. We need more reclamation plants, plus I'd like them to be solar and wind powered. Get them off the electrical and fossil fuel grid.