Recycling Water / Why Bother?
Water is a common substance that is essential to all known forms of life. Water covers 70 percent of the planet’s surface. On the planet Earth water is mostly found in oceans and large bodies of water. 1.6 percent of the Earth’s water is found underground in aquifers. A tiny percentage of the world’s water is found in the bodies of plants and animals and in manufactured goods.
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The availability of safe drinking water in almost all areas of the world has increased to a large extent over the last few decades.
Despite this fact some observers have interpolated that by 2025 a large part of the world’s population will be facing shortages of water.
One household in the USA for example uses on average 127,000 gallons of water per year. But if greater use was made of low-flow fixtures on their taps, washing machine, shower head and toilet, one USA household could save 40,000 gallons of water per year and 30% on their water bill. If every household used low-flow fixtures, we could save 5.4 billion gallons/day which is worth $11.3 million dollars!
The United Nations calls this situation a water crisis. The role of water in the world’s economy is enormous because it is used as a dilutant for a wide variety of chemical substances in industrial and medical applications.
Agriculture is the biggest consumer of freshwater using over 70 percent of freshwater supplies.
Recycling water is the use of treated and processed wastewater for useful purposes like agricultural irrigation, industrial processes, toilet flushing, and groundwater replenishment which is also called a groundwater recharge. Water recycling is also known as water reusing or water reclamation. These terms are often used interchangeably.
How Can Water Recycling Benefit Us?
Water recycling provides enormous environmental benefits. It also provides an additional source of water for various purposes. This a list of some benefits that water recycling can present.
- Water recycling decreases the extraction of water form sources that may be dwindling and may stop being viable as habitats for valuable and endangered wildlife.
- Recycling wastewater can decrease the discharge of effluents that may damage and pollute the ecosystems of the sensitive bodies of water.
- Recycled water can be used to create new wetlands or to enhance and improve the quality of existing ones.
- Water recycling can reduce and prevent pollution by leaving damaging pollutants at the treatment plant.
Recycling Water / What it Does For the Future
Recycling water has been established as an effective and safe way to provide non-potable water for a wide range of industrial, home, and agricultural use.
The non-potable utilization of recycled water can only continue to grow.
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In numerous parts of the United States the uses of recycled water are increasing to accommodate the environmental situation and growing demands for water.
Technological advances in wastewater treatment and health studies in the use of indirect potable water have indicated the possible planned indirect potable reuse might soon become feasible.
As the need for more water grows and environmental pressures increase, the necessity for water recycling can only increase as well.
Water recycling will need to have a greater role in providing water for all the needs of society.
We must work together to make water recycling and water conservation effective enough to help us sustain our valuable and vital water resources.
Find a place near you that recycles water…
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