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On-site system turns toilet water into purified drinking water

A company in Northeast Ohio has made clean water production the foundation of its existence.

"Our goal is to change the way the world thinks about water by changing how we treat it, use it and manage it," said Michelle Matty, sales and human resources manager at the Tangent Company.

Tangent is resting its fortunes and the future of the company on one product: the "Tangent Watercycle," a patented, on-site drinkable water recycling system for homes and small buildings. Company officials say it is the only commercially available containable system of its kind in the country.

The Watercycle is the brainchild of a visionary conservationist, the late Bill Prior, a Cleveland native and graduate of the Case Institute of Technology. During the eight years before his death in 2016, Prior established a research project to develop a wastewater recycling system that would supply a perpetual source of drinking water for home and business uses.

Last month, Tangent was awarded a U.S. patent for its recycling unit, and later this year plans to offer the product commercially nationwide.

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