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California to Consider ‘Toilet to Tap’ Water Reuse Regulations Next Week

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The California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) is considering regulations that would allow the reuse of treated sewage water in drinking water systems, a process known as “toilet to tap” in select municipalities.

This move aims to expand the water supply in a state facing periodic severe droughts.

The proposed regulations would enable the addition of treated wastewater meeting drinking water standards to potable supplies, known as direct potable reuse. (Trending: Hunter Biden’s Own Memoir Is Coming Back To Haunt Him In Criminal Trial)

SWRCB announced in a statement, “Direct potable reuse relies entirely on immediate, multi-barrier treatment that can recycle wastewater to drinking water standards in a matter of hours.”

“This contrasts to the method currently being deployed in major projects launched throughout the state, called indirect potable reuse, which further improves treated wastewater over time through groundwater recharge or dilution with surface water,” explained the organization.

“While no formal direct potable reuse projects can be initiated in California until the regulations are adopted, water agencies in Santa Clara, San Diego and the city of Los Angeles have launched pilot projects in recent years,” concluded the statement.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, “The landmark regulations will go before the State Water Resources Control Board for consideration next week. If approved, they would enable projects sometimes dubbed ‘toilet to tap’ to move forward in numerous communities, including Santa Clara County, Los Angeles and San Diego.”

This contrasts with the current method of indirect potable reuse.

If approved, this would allow projects in communities like Santa Clara County, Los Angeles, and San Diego to move forward.

The concept of reusing treated sewage water is also being explored in other countries, such as Israel.

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