Wednesday December 27, 2023

The Sun Gazette

There was a time when the idea of drinking recycled toilet water would make people swoon or feel sick; but now, in a groundbreaking move aimed at addressing climate-driven challenges, the state’s water resources control board has approved innovative regulations allowing water agencies to make wastewater completely safe to drink.

The regulations were approved on Dec. 19 by the California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB), which will allow water agencies to develop treatment procedures to capture wastewater, treat it and render it into safe drinking water.

“This is an exciting development into the state’s ongoing efforts to find innovative solutions to the challenges of extreme weather driving by climate change,” State Water Board chair Joaquin Esquivel said via the news release of this announcement.

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