The Delicate Art of Promoting Recycled Water
by Lori Anne Dolqueist
Environmental LeaderApril 18, 2011
Although Americans are used to conserving water during droughts, many still believe that water will always be abundant. In reality, increased population, greater demand, and a stronger emphasis on environmental protection mean that existing water supplies may soon be insufficient (if they are not already). In light of growing concerns regarding water scarcity and drought, water quality issues and global climate change, recycled water is increasingly viewed as a key component in augmenting existing water supplies. Recycled (or reclaimed) water is former wastewater that has been treated to remove solids and impurities. In the United States, it is distributed in light purple pipes to distinguish it from potable water, earning it the moniker “purple water.”
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