Monday, May 19, 2008

LA Looks at Recycling Sewage for Tap Water

Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is working on a water conservation plan that includes “cleansing sewage for drinking water,” reports the LA Times. This isn’t going to be easy to get by the voters in LA. A similar plan was killed in the 90s.

Pound360, based in LA, could care less if water coming out of the tap is recycled sewage. Isn’t all water sewage if you go back far enough?

One reason people go crazy over issues like this is (the press) printing stuff like “cleansing sewage for drinking water.” We understand they have papers to sell. But come on. Drinking water? How many people actually drink tap water anymore? How many in LA?

Besides, according to a chart at drinktap.org, 20 percent of tap water is used for showers/baths, 22 percent is used for washing clothes, and the plurality of it (27 percent) is used by toilets. In the end, just 16 percent is used by “faucets.” And how much of that is washing hands, washing dishes or something else other than drinking? In the end, we’d bet around 2 percent of tap water is actually drank. Does anyone have a chart on that?

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