It adds that the reuse of treated wastewater, also known as reclaimed water, to augment drinking water supplies has significant potential for helping meet future needs.
Moreover, new analyses suggest that the possible health risks of exposure to chemical contaminants and disease-causing microbes from wastewater reuse do not exceed, and in some cases may be significantly lower than, the risks of existing water supplies.
In California, Mono Lake's water quality and natural resources were progressively declining from lack of stream flow.
In 1994, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power was required to stop diverting one-fifth of the water it historically exported from the basin.
We educate our communities on pollution prevention and turn wastewater into clean water, returning 67% of what we use back to its source.
Through our efforts, water use has dropped 10 percent despite a one million population increase. Access to clean water is important for our safety and vitality.
For example, when an industrial facility recycles water used for cooling processes.
A common type of recycled water is water that has been reclaimed from municipal wastewater, or sewage.
National Science Foundation (NSF) International has established a wastewater treatment task group on onsite residential and commercial gray water treatment systems. This standard encompasses residential wastewater treatment systems (similar to the scope of VSF/ANSI Standards 40 and 245) along with systems that treat only the gray water portion. EPA and CDC brought together agency and academic experts to explore the science available for addressing high-priority regional needs in the areas of: For more information visit EPA's Regional Science Workshop website.
Through the natural water cycle, the earth has recycled and reused water for millions of years.