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Beyond the ick factor: Why we’re not all turning sewage water into drinking water




Andrzej Listowski, manager of water and energy at Sydney Olympic Park, holds a flask of clean water which has been recycled from sewage November 17, 2006, in Sydney, Australia.
Andrzej Listowski, manager of water and energy at Sydney Olympic Park, holds a flask of clean water which has been recycled from sewage November 17, 2006, in Sydney, Australia.
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Orange County has successfully been treating wastewater to be used as drinking water since 2008, and has plans to expand its Groundwater Replenishment System so that by the end of 2015, it will create 100 million gallons of potable water a day -- at half the cost of imported water.

While many stakeholders might find it hard to swallow, the need to recycle water might just be impossible to avoid with California facing one of its most extreme droughts on record.

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Guests:

Mike Wehner, Assistant General Manager of Orange County Water District

Brent M. Haddad, Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of California Santa Cruz