Overview of the History of Water Reuse

Reusing water is an important part of conserving resources and preserving the environment. Fresh water is not in unending supply on the Earth, so it’s crucial to use this natural resource wisely. A timeline of notable historical events shows how different communities have made an effort in the area of water reuse with wastewater treatment equipment and programs.

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Water Reuse Notable Historial Events – Timeline

  • San Francisco was the first city to begin exploring the possibilities of reuse and reclamation in 1932. The city instituted a small system in the Golden Gate Park, irrigating natural areas in need of moisture. This plant is now closed due to treatment issues the facility could not handle.
  • Tallahassee, Florida, ventured into this realm in 1966 with the design and implementation of a reclaimed hydro farm. Tallahassee had such success with this system that it has expanded significantly. Currently, Tallahassee recycles 100 percent of its effluent wastewater.
  • In 1977, St. Petersburg, Florida, became the first city in the United States to build a comprehensive reuse system with wastewater treatment equipment. This region is responsible for Florida’s biggest reuse development program.
  • A comprehensive project originated in 1985 in Orlando, Florida. This expansive system enabled irrigation of crops with rapid infiltration basins that recharged an aquifer. This reuse project is currently still in operation.
  • In 1996, the National Academies of Science, National Research Council conducted research regarding the safety of crops irrigated with reused water. The findings of this research indicated that this process did not pose a greater risk to consumers than the use of conventional irrigation methods.
  • Monterey County, California, began using reclaimed water to irrigate 12,000 acres of crops in 1998. Research connected with this project concluded that this practice was safe. This project has been successful and continues in operation.
  • Several research projects conducted between 2003 and 2009 have concluded that the use of reclaimed irrigation techniques has not had an adverse impact on public health and safety due to chemicals or pathogens.

With the use of wastewater treatment equipment, more and more communities are moving forward with the design and construction of systems that enable them to use reclaimed water for a variety of purposes.

Contact M.W. Watermark to learn more about how wastewater treatment equipment can help you with your industrial or municipal water reuse project.

About M.W. Watermark

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Overview of the History of Water Reuse

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