Speaking of outside media covering San Diego, the Sacramento Bee weighed in on San Diego’s proposal to recycle treated wastewater this weekend, saying that, essentially, we already are drinking recycled wastewater.
Consider the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers, whose waters San Diego draws from the Delta. More than 300 farmers and cities are permitted to discharge their treated and untreated runoff into these rivers. Counties empty treated sewage water into rivers every day. Almost 10 percent of the average flow of these rivers is discharge, according to San Diego’s water department.
Yuck? Consider the Colorado River. Las Vegas dumps 58 billion gallons of treated sewage water into nearby Lake Mead, from whence it flows into the Colorado. More than 17 percent of this river’s flow is discharge. Guess who drinks some of this, San Diego? It’s not just the golden retriever.
And it continues:
Short of drinking snowflakes as they fall, most of us are and will be drinking a blend that includes previously treated (as in flushed) water.
Squirm away. It’s just a fact.
Read the entire editorial here.