26 January 2008

More Recycling

There's an interesting piece of photo-journalism over at Wired about a sewage treatment plant in the OC (yes, affluent California) that cranks out drinking water from sewage.

Orange County has implemented a $480 million microfiltration system so advanced it can turn waste water into drinking water. The Groundwater Replenishment System, which started pumping purified water on Jan. 10th, is the largest of its kind in the world and will provide water to more than 100,000 Orange County families for the same or less than buying it wholesale.

If this is accurate information, then the price tag for each family is around $5 to build one of these plants. Sounds pretty reasonable to me.

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