It’s time for a restructuring of America’s sewage system.
When you flush waste and water down the toilet, it takes energy to pump and filter that water. And much of our country’s energy is created through the burning of harmful fossil fuels.
So how do we use less water and energy?
The answer? It’s a two-step process. First, remove wastes from the water. Next, once the water in city sewage system does not contain as much waste, reuse the water in the system repeatedly.
Both households and industries can benefit from this process.
Households need to use composting toilets. Don’t worry, these toilets are as odorless as they are waterless. They are linked to a micro-compost facility and sometimes urine-collection facility. Urine and the dry soil-like compost that is created can be sent away to farms and used as an eco-friendly fertilizer, in place of fertilizers made from fossil fuels and harmful chemicals.
And industries are dumping tons of waste water into the sewage systems every day. Instead of using great volumes of water to dump away wastes, industries should separate their wastes from the water through the proper membrane filtration and use of chemicals so that they can reuse the water repeatedly for industrial processes, instead of flushing away contaminated water to be treated before necessary, or untreated into fresh water resources.
And there seems to be no limit on which type of industries can benefit from such water reuse practices. Even better yet, the wastewater of some factories may even be able to be converted to fuel them! Adnam’s Southwold, a microbrewery in the UK, is creating biofuel from its beer production waste to provide energy for the facility, fuel for its trucks, and even pump some energy back to the grid.
Treehugger says water recycling is important because:
- water shortages
- rising energy prices
- carbon dioxide emissions
- shrinking phosphate reserves
- sewage-fed oceanic “dead zones”
- sewage-dispersed intestinal disease
- cost of “flush and forget” sewage systems
Water recycling “is the reuse of treated wastewater for beneficial purposes” says GE.
So why not flush less and save more?