From toilet to tap: How California fight drought
California’s historic drought is forcing residents of Golden state to take a new look at “toilets to tap water” reuse or, as they prefer to call it in Fountain Valley,” showers to flowers”.
This is the third year of drought in the American west. By the end of July, more than half of California was suffering the worst category of “exceptional drought”. The state has made it illegal to operate a fountain, punishable to $500.the sources of supply are literally drying up. The main source of water- snow melt from the Sierra Nevada, imported water from the Colorado river and ground water-all are in decline.
Only alternative- The Fountain Valley recycles 70 million gallons of water every day, turning waste water- from dish washer, showers, washing machines, and toilets into drinking water. The water gets through three stages of purification filtration through a series of tiny straws to remove bacteria, reverse osmosis to remove dissolved chemical and exposure to ultra violent light with hydrogen peroxide By the time it leaves the plant, it is distilled water.
One of the first attempt to water recycling collapsed of what water manager call the yuck factor. But now the attitudes are changing.
Can we accept such a step from toilets to tap? In a conservative society, such as ours, do you think people would be ready to accept such a method? I think not. So what are our options?
Please leave in your valuable suggestions on alternative water recycling methods in the comment box and let us know what you think.
House In-charge Seema Agarwal