Florida sees success with water reuse test
If reused water doesn’t sound hugely appealing, that’s understandable. However, when you look at how well modern technology can prepare it for that reuse, and consider the impact that an impending water crisis could have on our lives, it’s something we may have to get used to. Floridians came to that conclusion recently. They also discovered something else: not only can reused water be made potable – it can make a pretty good beer!
Xylem Inc.’s share price has risen by 20% over the past 12 months
SOURCE: Yahoo Finance
Leading water technology Xylem Inc. was heavily involved in a Hilsborough County, Florida, initiative to increase the reuse of water. The county’s public utilities service had the long-term goal of increasing water reuse to 100%, 365 days a year. But would it make good drinking water? Apparently, yes!
Xylem said that preparation for the test was comprehensive:
“A 100-foot clarifier was constructed, as well as two new nine-million-gallon reject water storage tanks, including a reject pump station. Three emergency generators were also added, with upgrades to the existing reclaimed water and plant service water pump station. Finally, a modern SCADA system was installed, with security cameras, associated site work, and electrical controls.”
In collaboration with Tetra Tech, another water technology company, Xylem and its public-sector partners overhauled existing Floridian capacities to treat reclaimed wastewater, making it comply with the Environmental Protection Agency’s drinking water standards. They succeeded, and in doing so have directly proved that treated wastewater is safe for human consumption – and even better, it’s not bad!
If that last point needs proof, here it is: 100 registered home brewers were provided with potable reclaimed water to turn into beer. The result was medals, accolades and, presumably, a headache or two.
Dominion holds both Xylem Inc. and Tetra Tech in its Global Trends Managed Fund.
If you would you like to receive the Newsfeeds daily, please click here to sign up now!Help us make this Newsfeed better by rating this article. 1 star = Poor and 5 stars = Excellent
- Click here to print this story: Print
The views expressed in this article are those of the author at the date of publication and not necessarily those of Dominion Fund Management Limited. The content of this article is not intended as investment advice and will not be updated after publication. Images, video, quotations from literature and any such material which may be subject to copyright is reproduced in whole or in part in this article on the basis of Fair use as applied to news reporting and journalistic comment on events.