As the Colorado River shrinks, water managers see promise in recycling sewage

In the parched Colorado River basin, water managers are turning over every stone looking for ways to keep the taps flowing. Now, they're finding mo...

September 27, 2022
7:26 AM

In the parched Colorado River basin, water managers are turning over every stone looking for ways to keep the taps flowing. Now, they're finding more water in some unusual places – shower drains and toilet flushes. At a sprawling sewage treatment plant in Carson, California, the occasional breeze delivers a pungent whiff of a reminder of how used water becomes 'reused.' Here, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is planting the seeds for a massive new facility, where a multi-billion-dollar installation could help recycle wastewater and keep drinking supply flowing for the agency's 19 million customers.

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