Florida sees success with water reuse test
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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

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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.

Disclosure

Dominion holds both Xylem Inc. and Tetra Tech in its Global Trends Managed Fund.


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