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Money for the most expensive water

How much money has California spent on “water conservation” and “water recycling” in the past 30 years? If you guessed about $20 billion, you’re right. How much money has been spent in California on the least expensive form of water recycling known to the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB), which has the final say on such things in California? If you said zero, you’re right again. Now, for the hard question: how much money does California plan to spend next year alone on the most expensive form of water recycling known to man? If you said $665 million, you’re right again.

The least expensive form of water recycling is greywater irrigation, which costs about $500 per acre-foot of water (325,851 gallons) per the SWRCB. The State of California legalized greywater irrigation in 1994 but hasn’t invested a dime on it despite the fact that it’s also the safest form of water reuse because it’s used in underground drip irrigation.

The most expensive form of water recycling is now called “direct potable reuse”, and it costs about $5,000 per AF. Direct potable reuse is where municipal employees turn municipal sewage into drinking water. The technology has been around for years but it’s virtually impossible to remove all the estrogen and constituents that mimic estrogen and all the other sub-50 atomic weight molecules that cause gene mutations, and the radioactivity and forever chemicals that cause all sorts of cancers.

So, rather than admit their water is going to mutate boys into girls and cause everyone’s cancer rates to skyrocket, the proponents of direct potable reuse have been quietly obtaining waivers from drinking water quality standards in order to sell your sewage back to you as drinking water. If you think this is a sick joke or exaggeration, do some research. It’s the stone cold truth.

Even perpetually arid Israel, which reuses a whopping 87% of their water (California reuses a pathetic 7%), doesn’t drink its sewage. They know there are plenty of other ways to reuse water without drinking treated sewage that is absolutely going to cause health problems. The only reason direct potable reuse has gained traction as California’s “go to” new method of water reuse is because the people who run our cities employ the people at the sewer plant who swear they won’t hurt anyone. So why have they sought and obtained health waivers?


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