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Queen of Ra - 11-8-2011 at 08:11

Hi all,

I am currently taking part in a study regarding the recycling of water. In this instance the proposal is that a higher concentration of water with effulent present is taken out of the system, cleaned and then put back into the gen pop.

There are 2 paths -

1) the water is taken, cleaned and then put back in the rivers and whatnot which will then be used again

2) the water is taken, cleaned and then put into a reservoir to be used again

Any thoughts regarding this?

Would you be confortable to have your water sourced in the 2 ways mentioned?

Which would be your preferred option?

If you want to make a comment on this , it would be extremely helpful.



Dreamweaver - 11-8-2011 at 08:28

My water comes from a well and cleaning is done by filters within the house.
Given a choice of the 2 options though, I would prefer option 1, reason being the water is constantly on the move. I would think the inhabitants of the river would go someway to further clean the water,it also helps wildlife rather than a tank full of still,stagnating water.

Nimuae - 11-8-2011 at 08:31

'Cleaned' is the operative word here.

How clean is it likely to be - do they mean 'purified' ? Not sure what that would do to the eco-system of our rivers.

How is this any different from what happens now? I am not sure how our water is currently managed.

Would it be safe to drink ?

Are they proposing a two tier system as some countries have - one for drinking/cooking etc., and one for domestic chores - laundry etc.,
In which case would it be viable from a cost point of view?

marymary100 - 11-8-2011 at 09:54

As long as it really was clean the options would be equally attractive to me as a consumer. It would need to be provably clean however.

Nimuae - 11-8-2011 at 11:19

Originally posted by marymary100
As long as it really was clean the options would be equally attractive to me as a consumer. It would need to be provably clean however.

I agree !

Queen of Ra - 11-8-2011 at 12:42

Thanks for your comments Ladies.

If anyone else would like to contribute, there is still time. I don't have to report back until next Tuesday :)


Faolan - 11-8-2011 at 19:51

Depending on the level of purification I don't mind either. With a full scrub purified water can actually be better than tap water.

With drinkable water now at crisis levels people will have to get used to these methods, whether they like it or not. England is at tipping point and has been since the beginning of this year especially in the South.

People should also note that NASA successfully trialled a new purification system that took the astronauts urine and made it safe as drinking water.

delanti - 11-8-2011 at 21:45

When I was in the Military, I was in the Engineers and we had portable water purification plants that we learned to run and produced some nice sparkling water. By the way Faolan, there is no P in "water"!waveysmiley

John Barnes - 11-8-2011 at 22:05

I worked at the reservoir in my home town, and the water was rotated through massive filters, and then a certain amount of chlorine was injected and later I think fluoride, this met international standards.
The water in London has been recycled so many times it has gone through at least 5 different peoples kidneys. Some times we ratted through say a six inch pipe which due to various deposits over the years had reduced the the internal width to half an inch, ratting was rotating a type of drill that de-scaled the pipe causing the water to discolour, but once run a while it became clean again, leaving the pipe back to its original internal dimension thus restoring pressure.jmb

the bear - 11-8-2011 at 22:18

I recently watched a Discovery programme on the way Los Vegas They have a massive recycling plant but its water is both put back into thier reserviors and thier rivers, purified water is also supplied direct to feed all the massive fountains in the strip.

Regards the Bear

LSemmens - 12-8-2011 at 14:07

When I was a youth, my Brother In Law was one of the engineers who worked in building a Sewerage Treatment Plant. After the final separation and settlement, the water was potable. It never made it into our drinking water but was used to water the surrounding market gardens where most of our City's fresh produce was grown. I actually worked during my school holidays for the Department of Agriculture monitoring the effects of the treated effluent on various crops. My other (ex)BIL was a Seed Physiologist studying this.