Saving our drinking water for, well, drinking

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Mac Noah, water treatment tech operator, checks a sample at the Denver Water Recycling Plant.Mac Noah, water treatment tech operator, checks a sample at Denver Water’s Recycling Plant.

Water expert touts benefits of recycled water, from farming to flushing.

By Tyler St. John

Despite its use for more than a century, many people still find the concept of recycled water a bit “icky.”

But recycled water is a proven technology being used around the world, according to a new book by Michael E. Webber, faculty affiliate of the Center for Research in Water Resources at the University of Texas at Austin.

People have been putting recycled water to use everywhere from Denver to Singapore, Israel, and even the International Space Station, Webber writes in “Stop Flushing Water Down the Drain.”

In an excerpt published in Scientific American, he explained the many benefits recycled water can bestow upon a community, including irrigation, industrial uses and energy production. He noted that…

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