A Cool and Refreshing Glass of Sewage

What goes down your toilet (and your drain) could soon be coming out of your kitchen faucet. Mmmmm mmmmm! Nothing provides me with more of a pick-me-up than drinking my own waste. Ah the circle of life.

All kidding aside, this is kind of a cool idea. Friday will mark the opening of the world’s largest sewage treatment plant dedicated to making consumable water. The Orange County plant will process seventy million gallons of sewer water each day – what a load of shit (sorry I couldn’t resist)!

I’m not sure how “green” the whole process is, but in theory it seems like a novel way to conserve water and deal with sewage at the same time. It may make you crinkle your nose to think about, but it’s going to be more pure than that bottle of Aquafina you’re drinking.

Just think, every time you flush, you can also be recycling too.

3 Comments so far

  1. Michael Doss (unregistered) on November 28th, 2007 @ 10:15 am

    No reason not to do this. We’re already drinking all manner of animal waste from an open aqueduct, or from other groundwater sources.

  2. David Share (unregistered) on November 28th, 2007 @ 11:39 am

    I saw a walkthrough of one of these plants on Huell Howser’s California Gold. I think it was in Bolsa Chica. It’s a very interesting process!

  3. tr (unregistered) on November 29th, 2007 @ 12:08 am

    The upper states dump safe treated sewage water into the Colorado River anyway, which is where socal gets a lot of its supply. So really, we’ve been doing it all along!

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