Welcome back to learning about the incredible things that
used water can do! Having reclaimed wastewater is something that we should all
be aware of, as water is not something that we have an unending supply of.
Making sure that we have enough water for ourselves and continue to preserve
drinkable fresh water for those that come after us is something we should all
at least think about time and again. Thankfully, reused wastewater has many
different uses. Here are a few of them.
Use. Wastewater in an urban environment can be used for park
irrigation, fire hydrants, street cleaning, vehicle washing, sport centers,
toilet flushing, and even watering your garden.
Use. Wastewater in agriculture can be used to water crops, help cultivate
flowers such as roses and orchids, help create fodder, water a pasture for
animals, and help to grow orchards like ones you get to pick apples from.
Use. Wastewater in an industrial setting is completely invaluable for many
reasons. For example, it can be used for cooling in situations like nuclear
energy, in processing water, in making concrete, in packing down soil, and
helping with dust control.
Use. Having reclaimed wastewater for recreational purposes helps to give us
things like golf courses that are nice and lush green, they give us fake snow
on mountains for people to ski and snowboard on, and even often help with
things like lakes and ponds where people can fish or swim.
Use. Wastewater can be used to help save unbalanced ecosystems, can
revitalize marshes, bogs, swamps, and other wetlands, and can be used as an
Use. The term potable use in regards to reclaimed wastewater normally means
water that has been filtered and treated until it is safe to drink again.
One of the most incredible things
to me is that this technology has even been used in space since 2009. The
International Space Station has been using a device to turn human waste into
drinking water and oxygen for almost ten years now, which cuts down on the need
to resupply so often saving us resources and money. While we may not be as
classy as NASA with our equipment, the concept is the same. You have to admit,
that’s pretty darn cool.