The Many Benefits Of Water Recycling
Even though it’s one of the most abundant substances on Earth, water can be hard to come by in some places.
In fact, every continent is affected by water scarcity in some way. How is this possible? Because freshwater resources account for only around 2.5 percent of the world’s H2O, and 98.8 percent of that is in ice and groundwater. In other words, only a very small fraction of it can be accessed and used by human beings. Water recycling is a process that helps people make the most of the H2O they need on a daily basis.
What Is Water Recycling?
Just as glass bottles and aluminum cans can be reused, so can most of the water that is used in residential and commercial applications. Water recycling utilizes water treatment systems to clean waste water that can then be reused for numerous purposes, including landscape and agricultural irrigation, industrial processes, toilet flushing, and replenishing groundwater basins. But, because H2O must meet certain standards based on its planned reuse, waste water treatment methods must be tailored accordingly to ensure safety.
As long as it is properly treated, recycled water can meet most water demands. Here is a short list of the most common uses for recycled water:
– Agricultural irrigation
– Toilet flushing
– Dust control
– Man-made lakes
– Construction projects
– Industrial applications
– Landscape irrigation
– Cooling water for power plants
– Park and golf course irrigation
– Mixing concrete
– Car and truck washes
Because water treatment systems for drinking water are more expensive to operate, most recycled H2O is used for non-potable purposes. It should be noted, however, that there are a number of projects that recycle water for drinking purposes. These public projects almost always involve replenishing groundwater aquifers and water reservoirs with recycled water.
Even though it does not directly endanger lives in the U.S., water scarcity harms the environment in many ways. To begin with, it often forces humans to divert water from delicate ecosystems, which adversely affects the plants and animals of that area. Recycling water also prevents pollution by decreasing the amount of waste water that must be discharged. Reused water can even be used to help create or replenish wetlands and wildlife sanctuaries. In these ways, water treatment systems are a net positive for the environment.
While it is true that recycling water requires some energy, it is far more efficient than other methods. As the need for water continues to rise, more and more of it is being extracted, treated, and transported by trucks, often over great distances. This labor-intensive process requires a lot more energy than local water treatment systems. When completed on site or nearby, recycling water that was used locally is incredibly cost and energy efficient.
Water recycling can help communities create a dependable water source that does not endanger residents or the environment.
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M.W. WATERMARK wants to make a difference. We are passionate about the world’s water. We are innovative, focused on customer service and always try to exceed expectations. We are an environmentally conscious company with people who are energized, encouraged and inspired to make a difference on our planet by helping to keep our shared, finite water supply clean and usable for generations to come. We build amazing, custom water and wastewater treatment equipment. Together, we can make a difference.