Wednesday, May 07, 2014

They need some science

Apparently, Wichita Falls, Texas, is in a bad enough drought that they're talking about (starting next year) treating wastewater and recycling it back into the drinking-water system.

And people are horrified at this. And the news reports talk about it as "drinking toilet water" and similar.

Um, folks?

Do you really think God makes a whole brand-spankin'-new batch of water every year, just so we have virgin water to drink?

(Note to self: possible business idea there for a bottled-water service.)

I hate to tell you this, but there's this thing called the water cycle. Water has been traveling through it since the Earth began. Granted, there weren't any humans there yet at the beginning, and the human population has ballooned in recent years, but - any water you drink is going to, at least in part, have passed through the bladder of an animal at some point in the game. Maybe even a person's bladder.

There's that famous probability thought-problem about how many molecules of oxygen from Caesar's last breath get breathed in by some resident of North America today. Same thing with water.

If the treatment plant does a good job, if they filter and treat it right, you won't be able to tell.

Trust me.

I'd rather use recycled wastewater than be told I can only wash clothes and dishes one day a week, or take showers twice a week.

And I agree: the idea of drinking water that's been in a toilet is unappealing if you think about it. But really, the water we drink now? Especially if it's from a surface source? Probably was IN a toilet at some point in the past 20 years.

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