"Wasting the Wastewater"

"Each day, American municipalities discharge treated wastewater back into natural sources at a rate that would fill an empty Lake Champlain within six months. Growing pressure on water supplies and calls for updating the ancient subterranean piping infrastructure have brought new scrutiny to this step in the treatment process, which is labeled wasteful and unnecessary by a spectrum of voices."

"'As the world enters the 21st century, the human community finds itself searching for new paradigms for water supply and management,' says a report released this month by the Water Science and Technology Board of the National Research Council, a division of the National Academy of Sciences. The report investigates the potential for establishing a more resilient national water supply through the direct recycling of municipal wastewater."

Dylan Walsh reports for the New York Times' Green blog January 24, 2012.

Source: Green (NYT), 01/26/2012