Five Reasons Recycling Wastewater is Necessary
The term “wastewater” doesn’t have particularly appealing connotations. In areas of the world where water appears to be an infinite and easily accessed resource, we pay little attention to what happens to the water after we’ve used it.
Despite the fact that the earth is composed of 70% water, it is not the infinite resource we imagine it to be. In reality, 97.5% of all water on Earth is salt water and less than one percent of the fresh water available is accessible for direct human use.
That 1% doesn’t stretch very far when we don’t implement sustainable methods to properly recycle it.
The problem with us humans is that we’re great at creating waste, but not so great at safely disposing of it (just check out the oceans and previously sandy beaches that are now saturated in human trash for evidence).
Our water sources are becoming increasingly polluted because of failure to impose regulations on huge industries and most individuals’ casual approach to disposing of their wastewater. The need to recycle our wastewater is becoming critical as water shortages spread through the world – and not just the developing parts.
Addressing Water Shortage Issues
Many of us have developed water habits that are so deeply ingrained that it would be difficult to drastically decrease our water use – and, honestly, residential water use doesn’t even come close to industrial water use. While we should try to use less water, an effective and sustainable method is to treat the wastewater we produce.
There are technologies that can treat and recycle water. Recycling water does decrease the amount of water you use and treated water can be used for a number of applications.
Benefit the Environment
Remember when the BP fiasco happened and gallons of oil pollution were discharged into our oceans? Gallons of untreated wastewater are released into our oceans every single day. Pollution is what is causing the current dead zones that are cropping up all over the world and probably creating mutants out of the sea life the pollution doesn’t kill.
Treated wastewater can improve the quality of bodies of water and soils into which it is released and benefit the environment.
Decrease Transportation Costs
For industries that create a high volume of wastewater, transporting that water somewhere can be very expensive. Having on-site water treatment and recycling technology drastically reduces transportation costs. The demand for new water sources will also decrease, as treated wastewater will be more readily available.
Lower Operation Costs
Again, continually treating and recycling wastewater is much more affordable than using freshwater. Not to mention, if we don’t start actively treating our wastewater, there won’t be any freshwater sources as they will be obsolete or heavily polluted.
Lower Pollution Risks
Wastewater that isn’t treated and recycled is often released into our large water bodies. Untreated wastewater does not naturally decompose. Instead, it pollutes our oceans, rivers and streams, deteriorating the quality of water and potentially destroying the ecosystem it is released in.
Recycling wastewater is the only way to avoid future water shortages and decrease the damage water pollution is doing to the environment.
Cleanawater on 19 November 2014
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