Sewage Water May Be Our Solution to the Drought

Julie Chung
With the drought still persistent and with options wearing thin, California's water environmentalists try to find a practical solution to make our water last.

Over the past couple years, we've heard about the drought, heard about saving water, heard about what could possibly happen down the line. Well, the end of the line is already here and we're in the midst of a problem that needs immediate attention.

The drought is no matter to take lightly and it's quickly come to a point where everyone needs to act to make a difference.

As experts have desperately searched for answers, one possibility water specialists now push for is a polarizing water recycling policy called "direct potable reuse." It essentially turns sewage water into clean drinking water through a process of filtration. 

“You know, toilet to tap might be the only answer at this point," said Van Nuys activist Donald Schultz, for the LA Times. "I don't support it, but we're running out of options. In fact, we may have already run out of options."

The main reason this new policy is highly negated is simply because most people have a hard time accepting the concept of drinking purified sewage water - that's gross!

However, this three-step purification process allows the filtered water to actually taste and be cleaner than bottled water, according to the WateReuse Calfornia.

This system currently struggles to pass because there is also no way to monitor the process effectively in order for it to be approved.

One common thing many people may not know is that more than 200 water treatment plants already expel waste into the Colorado River, our primary source of drinking water in Southern California. It's a concept that has already been practiced for years on a smaller scale.

“To be sure, it will be years, or even a decade, before direct potable reuse systems begin operating in California – if ever,” said LA Times reporter Monte Morin.