Closing the gap between supply and demand for water in urban environments will be easier if consumers get over their perception problem with reusing wastewater.
A central weakness of cities today in managing water is their failure to collect and treat used water to enable its subsequent reuse. Water, unlike oil or coal, is a renewable resource. It can be used, treated, and used again, on a continuous cycle. It is estimated that every drop of the Colorado River is used seven times. With better management, it can be reused even more.
The Third World Center for Water Management has estimated that only about 10 percent of wastewater from urban centers of Latin America is collected, properly treated, and then discharged in the environment. The situation is likely to be similar in developing Asian countries and probably worse in Africa. This doesn’t have to be so.
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My friend’s grandma never drank water. “That’s for horses,” she would say. Instead, she drank cafe au lait or orange juice. My own grandma rarely drinks water, usually preferring coffee or juices.
A lot of people in the developed world are this way, even those who are told by their doctors that they are dehydrated. There is a lot of debate about how much water people should be drinking (that old adage about 8 glasses a day turns out not to be based on any scientific studies).
But what is clear is that those of us in the developed world are overwhelmingly served by clean, safe, reliable drinking water. (Charles Fishman has written about the bottled water question here.)
Unfortunately, this is often not the case in much of the developing world, where many people are at risk from sanitation problems and lack of access to reliable water sources.
This infographic from a plumber site takes a look at some of these issues:
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