Why are we not drinking treated sewage water?
Two out of every ten people on the planet lack access to clean drinking water, and several areas are experiencing water shortages and droughts. We spend a lot of money on purifying water to make it drinkable, only to utilize 10% of it for drinking and cooking and waste the rest down the toilet or drain.
As a result, the increasing use of recycled wastewater for irrigation, landscaping, industry, and toilet flushing is a smart approach to save our fresh water supplies. Recycled water is also utilized to refill delicate habitats when water is drained for urban or rural uses, leaving wildlife, fish, and plants vulnerable. Recycled water helps replenish groundwater aquifers in coastal places, preventing saltwater intrusion, which happens when groundwater is over-pumped.
The idea of drinking recycled sewage is a touchy one!
However, many people are unaware that recycled sewage is currently used in many water sources. This is due to the fact that many big cities dump their treated sewage into the city's catchment rivers.
Wastewater to drinking water_ a horrific idea
The use of recycled water for drinking, is less prevalent, owing to the fact that many people are repulsed by the idea of water from our toilets making its way to our taps. However, a few nations, like Singapore and Australia, as well as states like California, Virginia, and New Mexico, are already drinking recycled water, indicating that purified wastewater may be safe and clean while also assisting in the alleviation of water scarcity.
The slogan "toilet to tap," which has been used to stoke resistance to consuming recycled water, is deceptive because recycled water that ends up in drinking water is purified extensively. It's also commonly added to groundwater or surface water for further purification before being transferred to a drinking water supply, where it's treated once more. Indeed, it has been demonstrated to have less toxins than already treated water supplies.
Water may be recycled using a variety of technologies, depending on how pure it has to be and what it will be used for.
People are opposed to recycling wastewater for drinking for a variety of reasons, one of which being the yuck factor.
Experts, on the other hand, claim that the perception does not correspond to reality. Because recycled water contains less pollutants, it is cleaner than conventional drinking water once it has gone through all of the treatment steps. It also has less of a "taste." It's of such good quality that it could possibly be used in hospitals for renal dialysis.
In a recent report, a science advisory council looked at the possible human health effects of "chemicals of emergent concern" (CECs) in recycled water, such as medicines, insecticides, and industrial chemicals”. The researchers looked back over 40 years of epidemiology and other studies on recycled water. While some early investigations found chlorine disinfection by-products, the panel pointed out that treatment procedures were less advanced at the time. Disinfection by-products have decreased as current technologies have been perfected.
Recent research on recycled water have indicated no negative health consequences in people who drink it. Despite the fact that the consequences of long-term (generational) exposure to CECs and unknown compounds remain unclear, the scientists found that there is "strong evidence that recycled water provides a source of safe drinking water."
We don’t still drink treated sewage water here, as we lack the proper technology which ensures the recycling wastewater to drinking water. Also, it is very difficult to motivate people to accept the toilet water as tap water.
What can we offer?
Netsol Water gives its 100 percent in converting the wastewater into best possible treated water, as we are committed to do so.