Texas Town To Convert Urine Into Drinking Water

peewaterisgrossThere’s a metaphor in there somewhere. Discovery writes:

The drought in Texas has gotten so severe municipal water managers have turned to a once untenable idea: recycling sewage water.

“When you talk about toilet-to-(water) tank it makes a lot of people nervous and grossed out,” says Terri Telchik, who works in the city manager’s office in Big Spring, Texas.

Less than 0.1 inches of rain has fallen on West Texas for months. Normally, the region gets more than 7 inches of rain this time of year. This week’s Department of Agriculture Drought Monitor map shows 75 percent of Texas is in “exceptional” drought stages.

Water for the town’s 27,000 residents comes through the Colorado River Municipal Water District, which has broken ground on a plant to capture treated wastewater for recycling.

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24 Responses to Texas Town To Convert Urine Into Drinking Water

  1. Hadrian999 August 8, 2011 at 3:48 pm #

    good, we need to make use of every resource at our disposal and stop being little girls about things like this

    • Jin The Ninja August 8, 2011 at 4:06 pm #

      i reluctantly agree….

      • Bigdickmegaherz August 8, 2011 at 8:08 pm #

        Do you think the water you drink in a bottle wasn’t somethings pee already? Of course it was. Its just a matter of not half-assing on the cleaning process. I recommend vaporizing via solar assisted heaters to minimize use of non-renewable resources. The solids will be left behind and guess what? The solids burn at fairly high BTUs! Now I’m not sure how clean it is but that’s another energy source right there…

        • Jin The Ninja August 9, 2011 at 4:49 am #

           but the citykid still finds his ninjaself squeamish….although i agree….

  2. Hadrian999 August 8, 2011 at 7:48 pm #

    good, we need to make use of every resource at our disposal and stop being little girls about things like this

  3. Rex Vestri August 8, 2011 at 4:04 pm #

    What’s the big deal?  Heck, the lakes that the city water utilities use for their water supply are filthy anyway. It all has to be processed and cleaned up first.  The tap water still tastes disgusting anyway. I haven’t drank it in years, because of the nasty taste and the fact that they poison it with fluoride here in Texas.  I drink distilled water only.  I feel for those that have no choice but to drink tap water though, and for those that are unaware they are drinking a slow poison (fluoride).

    • Bigdickmegaherz August 8, 2011 at 8:09 pm #

      But teh flOurides make my teeth white… I drinks it always…durrr

  4. Rex Vestri August 8, 2011 at 8:04 pm #

    What’s the big deal?  Heck, the lakes that the city water utilities use for their water supply are filthy anyway. It all has to be processed and cleaned up first.  The tap water still tastes disgusting anyway. I haven’t drank it in years, because of the nasty taste and the fact that they poison it with fluoride here in Texas.  I drink distilled water only.  I feel for those that have no choice but to drink tap water though, and for those that are unaware they are drinking a slow poison (fluoride).

  5. Anonymous August 8, 2011 at 8:06 pm #

    i reluctantly agree….

  6. Surrealias August 8, 2011 at 5:12 pm #

    I thought converting human sewage to drinking water was common practice in the U.S.?! That’s a good point Hadrian999.

  7. Surrealias August 8, 2011 at 9:12 pm #

    I thought converting human sewage to drinking water was common practice in the U.S.?! That’s a good point Hadrian999.

  8. Bigdickmegaherz August 9, 2011 at 12:08 am #

    Do you think the water you drink in a bottle wasn’t somethings pee already? Of course it was. Its just a matter of not half-assing on the cleaning process. I recommend vaporizing via solar assisted heaters to minimize use of non-renewable resources. The solids will be left behind and guess what? The solids burn at fairly high BTUs! Now I’m not sure how clean it is but that’s another energy source right there…

  9. Bigdickmegaherz August 9, 2011 at 12:09 am #

    But teh flOurides make my teeth white… I drinks it always…durrr

  10. bobbiethejean August 8, 2011 at 11:17 pm #

    So I take it the whole “prayer meet” thing didn’t work out, eh? Fancy that. 

  11. Bobbie Jean Pentecost August 9, 2011 at 3:17 am #

    So I take it the whole “prayer meet” thing didn’t work out, eh? Fancy that. 

  12. Anonymous August 9, 2011 at 8:49 am #

     but the citykid still finds his ninjaself squeamish….although i agree….

  13. mexican wizard August 9, 2011 at 5:19 am #

    I blame the mexicans for the drought. They have the magicks 

  14. mexican wizard August 9, 2011 at 9:19 am #

    I blame the mexicans for the drought. They have the magicks 

  15. rtb61 August 9, 2011 at 6:16 am #

    Number one reason why this is unacceptable is risk. Any failure in the system will likely result in the majority of the population being poisoned but of course not the rich as they wont be drinking it.
    That risk will go to the poor, now add in privatised control of water treatment, all done by a two dollar shell company with huge debts, all the employee wage commitments and stripped of any profits the second they are generated. Now add in huge legal defence teams and corrupt governments reducing liabilities and you can bet, people will die, especially children and the elderly upon a regular basis (every five to ten years).
    All whilst business in the are waste water on industrial processes to inflate their profits.

    • Redacted August 9, 2011 at 7:50 am #

      Population control. Also, Dick Cheney eats babies anyway so this will give him a ready supply.

  16. Anonymous August 9, 2011 at 10:16 am #

    Number one reason why this is unacceptable is risk. Any failure in the system will likely result in the majority of the population being poisoned but of course not the rich as they wont be drinking it.
    That risk will go to the poor, now add in privatised control of water treatment, all done by a two dollar shell company with huge debts, all the employee wage commitments and stripped of any profits the second they are generated. Now add in huge legal defence teams and corrupt governments reducing liabilities and you can bet, people will die, especially children and the elderly upon a regular basis (every five to ten years).
    All whilst business in the are waste water on industrial processes to inflate their profits.

  17. Anonymous August 9, 2011 at 11:50 am #

    Population control. Also, Dick Cheney eats babies anyway so this will give him a ready supply.

  18. Dmitry August 28, 2011 at 2:06 am #

    If you live in an uninhabitable place, MOVE!  Your “sentimentalilty” is killing you.

  19. Dmitry August 28, 2011 at 6:06 am #

    If you live in an uninhabitable place, MOVE!  Your “sentimentalilty” is killing you.

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