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(NPR)   What to do when a severe drought has lowered your drinking water supply? Well, there's a lot of perfectly good toilet water just going down the drain   (npr.org) divider line 83
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2014-05-07 01:23:35 PM  
"I think it's gross," says Wichita Falls resident Marissa Oliveras. "I mean, it's recycled wastewater that we could possibly be drinking."

Every drop of water you've ever consumed is recycled waste water.
 
2014-05-07 01:46:09 PM  

timujin: "I think it's gross," says Wichita Falls resident Marissa Oliveras. "I mean, it's recycled wastewater that we could possibly be drinking."

Every drop of water you've ever consumed is recycled waste water.


Is this necessarily true?  There is a lot of water in the world and much of the fresh water comes from rain which comes from evaporation from the ocean I wouldn't assume every drop.

It drives wastewater engineers crazy to have to dirty up their water by stuffing it back in the ground, then clean it again to drink it.
 
2014-05-07 02:34:37 PM  
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2014-05-07 02:37:28 PM  
First one to make an Idiocracy joke gets an-

Ted_Crisp: [s3.amazonaws.com image 450x227]


...dammit.
 
2014-05-07 02:38:04 PM  
 "I mean, it's recycled wastewater that we could possibly be drinking."


URGE TO KILL RISING.
 
2014-05-07 02:43:06 PM  

timujin: "I think it's gross," says Wichita Falls resident Marissa Oliveras. "I mean, it's recycled wastewater that we could possibly be drinking."

Every drop of water you've ever consumed is recycled waste water.


Thats why I only drink Everest water, taken straight from the mountain and untouched by human hands except for possible trace elements of sherpa
 
2014-05-07 02:43:40 PM  
Now I understand everyone's shiat's emotional right now. But I've got a three-point plan that's going to fix EVERYTHING.
 
2014-05-07 02:50:28 PM  
When reached for comments Congressman B. Grylls stated "Drink up nob, it's good for you"
 
2014-05-07 02:53:32 PM  
You can't fix stupid.
 
2014-05-07 02:53:54 PM  

EvilEgg: Is this necessarily true?  There is a lot of water in the world and much of the fresh water comes from rain which comes from evaporation from the ocean I wouldn't assume every drop.


Yes, there isn't enough water on the face of the planet to have avoided going through some human/animal's pisser probably dozens of times already.  Hell, there isn't even enough air in the atmosphere to prevent you inhaling thousands of the same molecules once farted out by Isaac Newton.
 
2014-05-07 02:54:50 PM  

timujin: "I think it's gross," says Wichita Falls resident Marissa Oliveras. "I mean, it's recycled wastewater that we could possibly be drinking."

Every drop of water you've ever consumed is recycled waste water.


Not true. Some of it could be from ice deposited by comet fragments and meteors that sprinkle the planet daily.

To be honest, I'd rather get a fast-growing alien chest-buster from a molecule of space water than drink someone's runs.
 
2014-05-07 02:56:16 PM  

Using this for the second time today.



www.justmemes.com

Meanwhile,Texas is using up all the water for fracking.
 
2014-05-07 03:01:21 PM  

timujin: Every drop of water you've ever consumed is recycled waste water


Yep and he term associated with this reaction is psychological contagion.  As Carol Nemeroff indicated, It is quite difficult to get the cognitive sewage out of the water, even after the real sewage is long gone.

The psychology behind the emotion of disgust is pretty interesting.
 
2014-05-07 03:07:47 PM  

Maud Dib: Using this for the second time today.

[www.justmemes.com image 500x512]

Meanwhile,Texas is using up all the water for fracking.


love that pic.  if you weren't going to post it I was.
 
2014-05-07 03:07:56 PM  

Ted_Crisp: [s3.amazonaws.com image 450x227]

www.brawndo.com
 
2014-05-07 03:13:36 PM  
If it's brown drink it down, if it's black send it back.
 
2014-05-07 03:17:59 PM  
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2014-05-07 03:19:37 PM  
You know how when you poop and the water around you poop is clear? You can just use a straw or a piece of aquarium tubing or whatnot and hoover up that clean drinking water.
 
2014-05-07 03:30:12 PM  
It hasn't hurt the folks on the ISS.

/just sayin'
 
2014-05-07 03:30:34 PM  
Buy a strainer. Strain the turds. Drink the water.
 
2014-05-07 03:31:59 PM  
The fact that municipalities in arid regions aren't already doing this is actually more surprising.  Why would you not do this?
 
2014-05-07 03:32:02 PM  
Its almost like they don't believe Jesus will bring them rain.
 
2014-05-07 03:32:38 PM  

EvilEgg: Is this necessarily true? There is a lot of water in the world and much of the fresh water comes from rain which comes from evaporation from the ocean I wouldn't assume every drop.


Where do you think fish go to the bathroom?


Meatsim1: timujin: "I think it's gross," says Wichita Falls resident Marissa Oliveras. "I mean, it's recycled wastewater that we could possibly be drinking."

Every drop of water you've ever consumed is recycled waste water.

Thats why I only drink Everest water, taken straight from the mountain and untouched by human hands except for possible trace elements of sherpa


Even that water.


TV's Vinnie: Not true. Some of it could be from ice deposited by comet fragments and meteors that sprinkle the planet daily.


And by the time it gets to you, those water molecules are mixed with the others that were already here in a "drop" that was once waste water.
 
2014-05-07 03:34:34 PM  

GWSuperfan: It hasn't hurt the folks on the ISS.

/just sayin'


Read that as ISIS. Archer doesn't drink water


/LANA
 
2014-05-07 03:38:34 PM  

jaerik: Yes, there isn't enough water on the face of the planet to have avoided going through some human/animal's pisser probably dozens of times already.


Maybe the individual atoms, but water molecules don't stay water forever. Plants extract the hydrogen during photosynthesis, and conversely new water molecules are created when animal metabolize food or burn fossil fuels.
 
2014-05-07 03:42:01 PM  
If they worry there are many home treatment options which will further purify the water.  But my concern would be more about the pharmaceuticals than the poop.
 
2014-05-07 03:45:07 PM  

Ivo Shandor: jaerik: Yes, there isn't enough water on the face of the planet to have avoided going through some human/animal's pisser probably dozens of times already.

Maybe the individual atoms, but water molecules don't stay water forever. Plants extract the hydrogen during photosynthesis, and conversely new water molecules are created when animal metabolize food or burn fossil fuels.



Yes, the individual atoms are tainted. Remember, atoms are don't age. Atoms are immortal.
 
2014-05-07 03:49:07 PM  
I haz composting toilet. Zero water waste.

Hate cleaning that farker, tho.

Life is a series of trade-offs...
 
2014-05-07 03:50:11 PM  

Egoy3k: The fact that municipalities in arid regions aren't already doing this is actually more surprising.  Why would you not do this?


Many reasons.  The public yuck factor being the biggest.  Also, in many cases, the downstream towns would see a reduced water source.  All that treated wastewater gets dumped back into the nearest river, only to be used again by the next town downstream.  Less water going into the river means less water the downstream town can suck up.
 
2014-05-07 03:54:15 PM  

Maud Dib: Meanwhile,Texas is using up all the water for fracking.


In California they're using fracking water for irrigating farmland (after cleaning it up, of course.) Probably a pilot program.

/I thought I heard this on NPR, but I can't find anything about it searching their cite, so, y'know, [citation needed] and so forth
 
2014-05-07 03:54:37 PM  
What do you do?  How about cleaning up the exposed lake/resorvoir bottom of all the years worth of trash dumped by boaters?  Gotta be a lot of tires and bottles there.
 
2014-05-07 04:01:04 PM  

hstein3: Maud Dib: Meanwhile,Texas is using up all the water for fracking.

In California they're using fracking water for irrigating farmland (after cleaning it up, of course.) Probably a pilot program.

/I thought I heard this on NPR, but I can't find anything about it searching their cite, so, y'know, [citation needed] and so forth


I am curious what the cost difference between cleaning frac water and the deep well disposal.  It probably isnt cheap considering the blowback from the well disposal ~ earthquakes.
 
2014-05-07 04:02:30 PM  
Steam distillation can be done on your kitchen counter. Really hating our educational system right now.
 
2014-05-07 04:06:50 PM  

eagles95: GWSuperfan: It hasn't hurt the folks on the ISS.

/just sayin'

Read that as ISIS. Archer doesn't drink water


/LANA


Imma going to let you finish but scotch is 60% water.
 
2014-05-07 04:10:28 PM  

timujin: Every drop of water you've ever consumed is recycled waste water.


And if you live in the USA, and look at the entire water cycle, take into account currents, prevailing winds and the population of China, well. . . they play joke.
 
2014-05-07 04:13:26 PM  

a_room_with_a_moose: I haz composting toilet. Zero water waste.

Hate cleaning that farker, tho.

Life is a series of trade-offs...


Should I sing the Doom Song?

Anyone need evidence that our regulated infrastructure here in the US has spoiled the populace?
 
2014-05-07 04:13:59 PM  

HeadLever: The psychology behind the emotion of disgust is pretty interesting.


The lack of emotion and disgust that some people have over what is happening all over the planet is pretty disturbing.
 
2014-05-07 04:15:35 PM  
You know that crystal clear mountain stream you're drinking out of? There's a moose up the hill that dropped a giant steamer in it.
 
2014-05-07 04:16:03 PM  

timujin: Where do you think fish go to the bathroom?


Or the birds.  Or the deer.  Or the bears.  If you get water from a river or an open-air reservoir, animals have probably done their business in it.  Not to mention that many towns along rivers dispose their waste water back into the river downstream.


Egoy3k: The fact that municipalities in arid regions aren't already doing this is actually more surprising. Why would you not do this?


They already do to some degree.  Here in the Phoenix metro, parks, golf courses, public green spaces and man-made lakes must use reclaimed water.  The nearby Palo Verde nuclear reactor uses reclaimed water for its steam tower.  Some towns in the state require hotels to use reclaimed water for toilets.

In another thread on the issue, somebody working for a water district said that it comes down to treatment standards and money.  There is a significant jump in cost to go from 95% pure to 99.9% pure.  To be considered potable water, you need to meet the much higher standard.

That has a number of implications.  Public green space customers can utilize the lower quality reclaimed water.  But water districts are leery about selling the same water to residential customers due to liability concerns and additional infrastructure requirements.  So for the time being, it goes to commercial customers.
 
2014-05-07 04:23:47 PM  

HeadLever: timujin: Every drop of water you've ever consumed is recycled waste water

Yep and he term associated with this reaction is psychological contagion.  As Carol Nemeroff indicated, It is quite difficult to get the cognitive sewage out of the water, even after the real sewage is long gone.

The psychology behind the emotion of disgust is pretty interesting.


The nam-shub of Enki
 
2014-05-07 04:24:02 PM  

Saiga410: eagles95: GWSuperfan: It hasn't hurt the folks on the ISS.

/just sayin'

Read that as ISIS. Archer doesn't drink water


/LANA

Imma going to let you finish but scotch is 60% water.


Pretty sure scotch isn't just a 40/60 ethanol/H20 mixture...
 
2014-05-07 04:25:28 PM  

Nadie_AZ: a_room_with_a_moose: I haz composting toilet. Zero water waste.

Hate cleaning that farker, tho.

Life is a series of trade-offs...

Should I sing the Doom Song?

Anyone need evidence that our regulated infrastructure here in the US has spoiled the populace?


Heh. Still beats using the outhouse in the winter. :)
 
2014-05-07 04:27:00 PM  

NateAsbestos: Saiga410: eagles95: GWSuperfan: It hasn't hurt the folks on the ISS.

/just sayin'

Read that as ISIS. Archer doesn't drink water


/LANA

Imma going to let you finish but scotch is 60% water.

Pretty sure scotch isn't just a 40/60 ethanol/H20 mixture...


It's very close. The additional flavorings from the aging process aren't much of a factor in the overall composition.
 
2014-05-07 04:28:46 PM  

EvilEgg: Is this necessarily true?  There is a lot of water in the world and much of the fresh water comes from rain which comes from evaporation from the ocean I wouldn't assume every drop.


Have you ever considered how much waste water flows into the ocean?  Not to mention all the fish and mammals that live & crap in it.

Dinjiin: In another thread on the issue, somebody working for a water district said that it comes down to treatment standards and money.  There is a significant jump in cost to go from 95% pure to 99.9% pure.  To be considered potable water, you need to meet the much higher standard.


It's still significantly cheaper than desalination though, which is part of why they're looking into it.
 
2014-05-07 04:31:32 PM  
May be an improvement in Dallas...

G/F's tap in Addison: Tastes like dirt.

Water fountain in DFW Airport 20+ miles away: Tastes like dirt.

These can't be from the same water company.

/ wondering when prayer will fix the problem.
 
2014-05-07 04:35:45 PM  

a_room_with_a_moose: Nadie_AZ: a_room_with_a_moose: I haz composting toilet. Zero water waste.

Hate cleaning that farker, tho.

Life is a series of trade-offs...

Should I sing the Doom Song?

Anyone need evidence that our regulated infrastructure here in the US has spoiled the populace?

Heh. Still beats using the outhouse in the winter. :)


Oh I am deeeeeply appreciative of indoor plumbing and running water. I'm keenly aware of how good we have it. I think people who complain the loudest don't really understand what they have and how fragile it is. We have to work together to keep it.
 
2014-05-07 04:36:30 PM  
Any (recently) boiled water is safe from the vast majority of bio-contaminants.

Coarse filter+fine filter+UV antibacerial+heavy ion removal=safeish water
 
2014-05-07 04:53:12 PM  
As Pees Wichita Falls, so Swallows Wichita Falls
 
2014-05-07 05:00:11 PM  
Amarillo, Texas dumps some of its wastewater* into the Prairie Dog Town Fork Red River, which feeds into the Red River, which feeds into the Wichita River from which Wichita Falls gets its drinking water.  You're already drinking wastewater, people, it's just Amarillo's wastewater.

* Most of Amarillo's wastewater goes to cooling the nuclear power plant, but about 10% of it goes into the river..
 
2014-05-07 05:00:55 PM  

TV's Vinnie: timujin: "I think it's gross," says Wichita Falls resident Marissa Oliveras. "I mean, it's recycled wastewater that we could possibly be drinking."

Every drop of water you've ever consumed is recycled waste water.

Not true. Some of it could be from ice deposited by comet fragments and meteors that sprinkle the planet daily.


Except that long before you could drink that water, it would need to melt, flow downstream, get to reservoir, under ground to a well.
That path is filled with waste, animal and human.
Stuff lives in the reservoirs and wells.

this is jsut making the chain shorter and quicker.
in fact, ALL of the water on earth came from comets during formation and afterwards.
whatever

the bigger problem is viri and hormones in the water ... but ... MEH
 
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