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Drought compels Texas Town to recycle urine for making potable water


There is a very old saying that “necessity is the mother of invention”. In history also we have seen that whenever mankind has reached at the point of crisis, something or other has been invented to make up for the crisis or deficiency. Treading on the same lines, a town of Texas, severely hit by drought, is planning to recycle urine in order to get potable water for 27,000 odd residents.

The state has been worst hit by drought during last couple of years and Big Spring city of Texas, which is home to Colorado River Municipal Water District, is all set to experiment with reprocessing of urine produced by residents of the city. The city has recently created a plant which will process the sewage. The sewage will reach to this plant through a creek.

The news about this amazing experiment was first aired by Discovery news recently. The district manager, John Grant, was also shown on the news telling people that the treated urine will be first discharged into the creek and then will be blended with traditionally supplied potable water to the residents. The experiment is basically an imitation of natural process at a smaller level. The process has strong similarities with that of followed by flow of discharged water through wetlands. But this intervention has ensured that the recycled water reaching the residents will be clean and pure without any chances of any kind of pollution.

The Municipal Corporation took a clue about the experiment from NASA’s Urine recycling system but technically speaking this is not the same as the one followed by NASA. The authorities have refused to reveal the entire process in details, but it is hoped that this experiment will help residents of Big Spring from acute water shortage.

Texas is going through “exceptional” drought stages as West Texas has so far received only 0.1 inches of rain while normally the same region receives 7 inches of rains by this time of year. With hot and humid weather, the water reservoirs are fast drying up and hence the government is trying its level best to alleviate water crunch from the state.

Via: Discovery

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