Americans start drinking sewer water as droughts take toll nationwide

Friday, February 28, 2014 by: J. D. Heyes
Tags: sewer water, drought, recycling

eTrust Pro Certified

Most Viewed Articles
Popular on Facebook
BACK INTO THE CLOSET: Why U.S. reporters are not allowed to write about rainbow events in nations where being gay is still condemned
Depopulation test run? 75% of children who received vaccines in Mexican town now dead or hospitalized
A family destroyed: Six-month-old dies after clinic injects baby with 13 vaccines at once without mother's informed consent
Biologist explains how marijuana causes tumor cells to commit suicide
INVESTIGATION: Three days before Dr. Bradstreet was found dead in a river, U.S. govt. agents raided his research facility to seize a breakthrough cancer treatment called GcMAF
BOMBSHELL: China and America already at war: Tianjin explosion carried out by Pentagon space weapon in retaliation for Yuan currency devaluation... Military helicopters now patrolling Beijing
Companies begin planting microchips under employees' skin
BAM! Chipotle goes 100% non-GMO; flatly rejecting the biotech industry and its toxic food ingredients
ECONOMIC SLAVERY FOR ALL: While we were distracted with the Confederate flag flap, Congress quietly forfeited our entire economic future via fast-track trade authority
NJ cops bust teenagers shoveling snow without a permit
McDonald's in global profit free fall as people everywhere increasingly reject chemically-altered toxic fast food
March Against Monsanto explodes globally... World citizens stage massive protests across 38 countries, 428 cities... mainstream media pretends it never happened
Italian court rules mercury and aluminum in vaccines cause autism: US media continues total blackout of medical truth
SCOTUS same-sex marriage decision may have just legalized the concealed carry of loaded firearms across all 50 states, nullifying gun laws everywhere
Orthorexia Nervosa - New mental disorder aimed at people who insist on eating a clean diet
Vicious attack on Dr. Oz actually waged by biotech mafia; plot to destroy Oz launched after episode on glyphosate toxicity went viral
Nearly every mass shooting in the last 20 years shares one surprising thing? and it's not guns
Holistic cancer treatment pioneer Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez dies suddenly; patients mourn the loss of a compassionate, innovative doctor who helped thousands heal from cancer
(NaturalNews) There is a saying that goes, "Desperate times call for desperate measures," and clearly, city officials in one drought-stricken Texas town are getting desperate.

According to the CBS News affiliate in Dallas-Fort Worth, one North Texas community may serve up recycled sewer water to residents because of prolonged dry conditions in the region:

Wichita Falls is two hours outside of Dallas. Three years ago 88-percent of Texas was under exceptional drought conditions -- that's the worst classification of drought. Today there are just two small areas that still have that designation and the city of Wichita Falls is in one of them.

The report said that nearby Lake Arrowhead gave a clear indication of just how bad the drought has become. Though it is one of the town's main sources of water, it is currently only at about 27 percent capacity, officials said.

If you look over the banks, you can see boat docks that are some 10 to 15 feet above dry land. And the nearest water to them is hundreds of feet away. Discovery News reported that the current drought is the third-worst on record for Texas.

Saving five million gallons per day


The lake bed is littered with dead fish and shells. When the wind blows you're reminded of a dustbowl.

Every time the water in the lake drops, officials in Wichita Falls consider enacting more severe water restrictions. Through conservation efforts, city water usage dropped from between 45 and 50 million gallons of water each day before the drought, to 12 million gallons a day now. But the water savings still aren't enough.

"This reuse system will put five million gallons [of water] back in the distribution system a day," Mayor Glenn Barham told the affiliate. "So, it saves us taking five million gallons out of the lake."

North Texas is a region used to droughts, and so Wichita Falls officials began planning for dire water conditions about two years ago. One plan that had been suggested once before, but then dropped, was again up for consideration: taking water straight from the waste treatment facility and sending it to the water treatment plant for additional cleaning, then into the water system.

"Now there's a big black pipe that snakes through town connecting the city's waste water facility to the water treatment plant," the report said. "Currently the city is in the process of completing 45 days of testing. They send the results to the state environmental quality department. Once there the department will take 30 days to decide whether the water is safe enough to put directly into the tap."

The program could go live as early as April, officials said, adding that, so far, regarding the testing, things are going well.

Potty water

"We evaluated the waste-water first to see what kind of quality we would be dealing with. The wastewater quality coming out of that plant was very high, so we didn't have a lot of things to deal with," public utilities operations manager Daniel Nix told the affiliate.

Such high-quality test results mean the city did not have to put a whole lot of effort into turning the wastewater into something that residents would be able to drink (or want to drink). And, as Discovery News pointed out, NASA uses a more direct toilet-to-tap system on the space station.

But will residents drink up? A number of residents whom the CBS affiliate talked to said no, thanks -- they'll stick to the bottled or filtered water they are currently using.

Still, most residents understand the city is in dire straits and needs to do something.

"I'm happy about it because we're concerned here about our water levels and whether or not we're going to have water," said resident Juanita Dean.

Go ahead -- cue the "potty water" jokes now.






Follow real-time breaking news headlines on
Sewer water at FETCH.news
Join over four million monthly readers. Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time.
comments powered by Disqus
Take Action: Support NaturalNews.com by linking back to this article from your website

Permalink to this article:

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):

Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use OK, cite NaturalNews.com with clickable link.

Follow Natural News on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest

Colloidal Silver

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...


Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of NaturalNews.com, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source: Alexa.com)

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.