Californians could soon start drinking purified wastewater. In response to a five-year drought, the state Water Resources Control Board recently informed legislators that regulating recycled, drinkable water is perfectly feasible. California would be the first state in the nation to implement such regulations.
Exploring water reuse is a smart move. Policymakers have long looked to science to address water shortages — and farmers and ranchers have long recognized the value of recycled water.
As California struggles to solve its water scarcity crisis, funneling purified, recycled water to the drinkable water supply is a logical step. With the right technology, the process should be sustainable, cost-effective and completely safe.