|Treated Wastewater Begins to Flow from Taps Despite "Yuck Factor"|
Written by Don Keer, PE
On February 9, 2012 the New York Times published the following article: “As ‘Yuck Factor’ Subsides: Treated Wastewater Flows from Taps.” (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/10/science/earth/despite-yuck-factor-treated-wastewater-used-for-drinking.html) This article reviewed the operation of a water reuse plant in San Diego, CA. As water stresses increase around the world it is increasingly clear that effective solutions must combine both technology and public perception education.
Just as the solution to the world’s petroleum addiction will not be solved with a magic bullet, the water crisis cannot be addressed through a single technology or approach. The technology for recovery of wastewater has existed for decades. The main barrier to its use is the public perception or “yuck factor.” By recycling wastewater the demand and stresses placed on surface or subsurface resources can be reduced by as much as 25-50%.