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How the water you flush becomes the water you drink
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How the water you flush becomes the water you drink

Is it really safe to reuse anything we flush down the toilet? Francis de los Reyes explains the science of wastewater treatment.

SF recycled water drought
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Beyond the yuck factor: Cities turn to ‘extreme’ water recycling

San Francisco is at the forefront of a movement to recycle wastewater from commercial buildings, homes, and neighborhoods and use it for toilets and landscaping. This decentralized approach, proponents say, will drive down demand in an era of increasing water scarcity.
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Recycled water may prove crucial for Northern California amid ongoing droughts, climate change

The Bay Area lags far behind Southern California in its reuse of water, and experts say it could take decades for the state's second-most populous region to catch up, despite mounting urgency.
Virginia uses treated wastewater to shore up a drinking water aquifer

Virginia uses treated wastewater to shore up a drinking water aquifer

A crucial aquifer is running low, so officials are pumping in treated sewage. It’s an increasingly common strategy as heavy demand and climate change strain water supplies.
US investors are now betting on water
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Why US investors are now betting on water

At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, investors are now able to speculate on water prices. This practice, meant to help secure supplies for cities and farmers, has drawn criticism.

farmers using oil wastewater to irrigate their fields

In a dry state, farmers use oil wastewater to irrigate their fields, but is it safe?

A recent study found chemical concentrations in the wastewater met safety standards in one California county. Activists say more testing is needed.

Burwood Brickworks mall is the model for green building

Burwood Brickworks mall is the model for green building

Malls are struggling, but this one at least has a rooftop farm, renewable energy generation, and wastewater recycling—and should be a model for how buildings can be designed for a sustainable future.
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