By ‘desperate’ we mean finally taking the major step to recycling waste water. Seen below: yeah, that kind of waste water (it’s a flushing toilet). The ironic part is the town is named Big Spring. The problem, on the other hand, is tangible enough for a lot of small communities with a population under 50,000. Big Spring has somewhere like 27,000 residents and when a severe drought affects the generally reliable supply, it’s time for drastic measures.
Of course, not as drastic as residents getting their water fresh from the bowl. None of that. What happens is municipal waste gets treated in an upcoming plant. The town’s wastewater gets purified along with the minimal potable water supply, thereby increasing its volume and availability.
While the technology involved isn’t new or cutting edge, the impetus for it resonates with a lot of other places. If you live in a hot and arid zone, chances are the strain on the water supply will be pretty severe in the years to come. For Big Spring, it’s thanks to plummeting reservoir reserves.
Expect news of this sort to become more common as towns and small cities try to tackle one of the first really great resource crises of the 21st century.
Source Discovery News
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