What will the small Texas town of Big Spring have in common with the heavily populated Orange County of California? Give up? Big Spring is going to build a waste water recovery plant to produce drinking water. Yes, the people of Big Spring (wonder where the big spring went to?) are going to start drinking recycled waste (sewage) water as do people in Orange County. Do I have you thirsty yet?
The space station recycles water for drinking, so if it is good enough for the astronauts. . . OK, I know it sounds bad, but it is supposed to be as safe as or safer than water collected by other means. You know, I have no idea what is in the water I am pumping out of my well and I bet you city dwellers have no idea where all your water comes from. Houston gets its water from Lake Houston and Lake Conroe and from some deep wells. Some of those deep wells produced water that was highly radio active. It was all over the news a while back. Now you don’t hear a thing about it. The water that fills Lake Conroe comes down stream via the river and who knows what gets dumped in there.
I can see in the future that pure water may be worth its weight in gold. Who knows, our drinking water may have gold in it (grin). OK, got to go get a drink, this has made me thirsty. You all have a great day, you hear?