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‘Save the Planet’ by Drinking Sewage Water in New ‘Toilet-to-Tap’ Proposal

California’s State Water Resources Control Board announced a new program referred to by critics as “toilet-to-tap.” And the board is now considering adopting the program before the end of the year.

According to a release, the program “would allow for water systems to add wastewater that has been treated to levels meeting or exceeding all drinking water standards to their potable supplies.” They call it “direct potable reuse.” They say it gives a “climate-resilient” water supply. They also note it will help with “reducing the amount of wastewater they release to rivers and the ocean”—since you’ll be drinking it instead. In fact, the release says it can turn that sewage into drinking water “in a matter of hours.”

In this episode of Crossroads, we’ll discuss this topic and others.

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