Texan Desperation Turns Sewage Into Drinking Water

We may not exactly be talking about making lemonade from lemons here, but in Texas necessity has forced a previously unconsidered alternative to dying of thirst. Thoughts of cool glasses of h2O (hydrogen mixed with oxygen) and mental planning outside of the proverbial and well-saturated box, has conceived a plan of action to combat the deadly drought that has overtaken the western part of the state.

Many residents are understandably not keen on this idea, which calls for pumping millions of new gallons of drinking water into the system via a treatment plant that will convert raw sewage into drinking water. Construction on the $13-million-dollar facility known as the Big Spring Water Reclamation Plant already began earlier this week and is expected to be finished by late next year. It will provide some 2 million gallons of new water for the district.

The process of water-reclamation is highly complex, requiring several steps. First, the water is thoroughly disinfected; then it is de-mineralized and disinfected again. At this point, it is mixed with the water from the reservoir and then treated one final time to insure that it is completely safe to drink.

Currently, the three major reservoirs near Midland Texas that usually provide water for half a million residents have being severely drained by the deadly drought.

According to John Grant, director of the Colorado River Municipal Water District, which is a government agency providing water for cities and towns, “we live in a drought-prone area. You need to look at other alternatives and that’s the unique thing about this.”

Water reclamation has already been proven successful for industrial use, such as watering landscapes like golf courses.

Why not use it this way?

Here’s to safe drinking water, wherever it comes from!

(Clink of glass)

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