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article imageTexas begins recycling wastewater for people to drink

By Tim Sandle     Jul 11, 2014 in Environment
Wichita Falls - Wichita Falls, near the Oklahoma border, has begun reusing millions of gallons of water at the River Road Waste Treatment plant. The purified water is being diverted as drinking water. The move has been initiated to help combat a severe drought.
Once the waste water, collected from sewers and households, has been collected at the River Road Waste Treatment it is then directed to the Cypress Water Treatment Plant for purification. CBS Local notes that water purification process involves a special type of filtration (termed 'reverse osmosis'), designed to remove chemicals and microorganisms.
The decision to recycle "toilet water" has been implemented in response to the severe drought that has impacted heavily across Texas (and much of the southwestern U.S.) this year. The drought is the second-worst in Texas after the 1950s Dust Bowl. Indeed, the drought is so bad that the vast Lake Mead has fallen to levels not seen since the Hoover Dam was completed and the reservoir on the Colorado River was filled in the 1930s, according to CBS News.
The impact of the drought on Wichita Falls is set to be so bad that the city's reservoirs are on a trajectory to run dry by August 2016. Prior attempts to generate rain, via cloud-seeding experiments, have been unsuccessful.
The water recycling plan has been approved by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for a six month trial period.
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