Residents In Drought Prone Areas Could Soon Drink Recycled Wastewater

11.02.10 | FL News Team

As resources start to dry up in the Southwest, many could soon be drinking recycled wastewater because of a water shortage.  LiveScience.com says a drought in the Southwest could have many people relying on treated sewage that contains human waste for their drinking water.

If it sounds too far out, think again.

Orange County, California already recycles wastewater into tap water that residents drink.  The highly treated sewage water is sent through several filtration and purification processes.  The final water product reportedly exceeds the standards for most drinking waters.  After the 45-minute treatment process, the water is then seeped back into the aquifer to blend with natural water that will eventually make its way back to the faucet.