Environment & Energy Report

Toilet-to-Tap Looks More Attractive With Water Harder to Find

April 5, 2019, 9:31 AM

Purifying wastewater until it’s safe to drink may not be appealing to think about—but it is becoming an increasingly viable option, and not just in the drought-plagued West.

The process goes by different names: “direct potable reuse,” or the more derisive “toilet-to-tap.” But regardless of what it’s called, water utilities are growing more confident they can convince customers to look past the ‘ick’ factor and accept recycled wastewater coming through their faucets.

“From the time we’re little kids, we’re taught that wastewater is a bad thing—untreated, it is,” Daniel Nix, the head of utilities in Wichita Falls, Texas, told...

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