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article imageDrought forces Texas town to recycle sewage water

By Kim I. Hartman     Aug 6, 2011 in Environment
Big Spring - The drought in Texas which has left the state parched and desperate for new water sources has one town moving forward with the construction of a water reclamation plant that will turn the city's wastewater into drinking water.
The thought of drinking your own urine, or worse that of your neighbors, may sound unpleasant but it will soon become reality once construction is complete on the new facility being built by the Colorado Municipal Water District (CMWD) in Big Spring, Texas.
"The plant will take the treated water from the Big Spring's Wastewater Treatment Plant and process it through a membrane water treatment system, remove the salts using a reverse osmosis process and then disinfect and purify it," according to a statement from the CMWD.
"We're taking treated effluent (wastewater), normally discharged into a creek, and blending it with traditionally supplied potable water," district manager John Grant told Discovery News.
The city of Big Spring announced the project last year and with the current drought situation in Texas the official groundbreaking for the new plant couldn't have come at a better time. With this week's news, reported by Digital Journal, that 'the state's devastating drought is likely to extend well into 2012," it's likely Big Spring will need the boost to their raw water supply.
The United States Department of Agriculture Drought Monitor Map for the first week of August shows the majority of the state is under conditions labeled exceptional or extreme. With no relief in sight, an unconventional approach to water reclamation is needed, says water district officials.
The water reclamation plant is expected to be completed and in operation by 2012 and will produce 2 million gallons of water per day from the discharged sewage.
City officials said the 'drought-proof water supply' produced by the plant will help them meet municipal demands on their current resources.
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