Recycled water demand and acceptance increases under pressures of drough
Given drought pressures on California water supplies, Jennifer West of WateReuse California said she expects the upcoming survey to show an increase in the amount of recycled water being used statewide since the previous survey.
In 2009, researchers found agriculture used nearly 40 percent of California's recycled water supply, with landscape irrigation and groundwater recharge the next-most-popular uses.
West said the drought has increased the number of competing uses for recycled water and that negative public sentiment about its quality and use has diminished.
"Since the last survey, a lot has happened and there have been a lot of positive changes for water recycling," she said. "Funding is available now through Proposition 1 (the water bond passed by California voters in 2014). There's new technology and interest. I'm expecting the next survey will show a significant bump in all uses of recycled water."
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