Sustainability and Sustainable Development
EH&S Information You Should Know About
A 3-Part Discussion of Arizona's Leading Current Water Issues
2018 May VOL 16 Issue 7
An Excerpt From the 3-Part Article:
And Other Fun Environmental Stuff"
What's more fun than contemplating drinking water that was once wastewater? Eeeuwwweee…. But first, something you need to know: one of those factual and reliable sources of environmental information mentioned above, is a web site called newsdeeply.com, a subset of which is Water Deeply that is a forum for issues of water pollution, supply, and distribution. In March, one of the subjects Water Deeply focused on was the use of treated wastewater as potable drinking water in Arizona. It is one of those controversial topics that, sooner or later, most of the southwestern states will have to deal with as drought-stricken drinking water sources continue to dry up and municipalities look for alternatives that mother nature (i.e. spell that 'climate change') forces upon us.
According to most climate change scientists, the time window for addressing this part of the climate change equation is rapidly closing and finding alternative sources of life-sustaining water will not be easy. What it also means is that EH&S professionals will be faced with making recommendations that will, no doubt, result in heated debate, political posturing, and criticism of the 'science' that drives water policy and water treatment technology schemes, especially as decisions are focused on reclaim and reuse priorities for wastewater. Thus, it is important to begin dealing with this issue as soon as possible, especially here in Arizona where it appears likely that we face more years of drought in the next decade and beyond. (FOLLOW THE READ MORE LINK TO CONTINUE)