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The Toilet Tap


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Isn't it interesting that the water shortage in America has become so acute that Orange County, California has started to purify their sewage water so that it can be recycled for human consumption.

Oh . . . you object to drinking something that may have once been the receptacle for human waste? Well that's too bad if you live in Orange County because on Nov 30 2007 the Orange County Water District will turn on what industry experts say is the world's largest plant devoted to purifying sewer water to increase drinking water supplies.

As the population continues to grow and supplies of fresh potable water continue to decline is recycled sewage water the harbinger of things to come? I shudder to think so but like all things deplorable it's already happening.

The process is called “indirect potable water reuse" by proponents, but is colloquially referred to as the “the toilet tap" by those that are cynical about the idea.

The idea of recycling toilet water is growing like wildfire and water managers in South Florida approved a plan in November which calls for the abundant use of recycled water to help restock drinking water supplies. Other states are giving the idea serious consideration.

According to district managers the refurbished water will exceed drinking water standards and will not flow directly into kitchen and bathroom taps and that state regulations will forbid that from happening. Of course that can mean different things and you'll have to take it on faith. Even if it proves to be true if the recycled sewer water exceeds the present purification standards how would anyone know if the purified sewer water was being substituted for juvenile water?

Of course the experts and some scientists paint a beautiful picture of how safe and practical the idea of “toilet tap" is. And who knows they may be telling the truth. But an Arizona state legislator named John Kromko is skeptical over the claim that the recycling process removes all the contaminants from the water. Kromko suggests another alternative; quote: “We really don't know how safe it is. And if we controlled growth we would never have to worry about drinking it. "

Safe or not I'll have a bottle of Evian please . . . somehow the idea alone is enough to make me sick and I haven't even tasted it yet . . . don't think I want to.

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