San Francisco program purifies toilet wastewater for drinking

San Francisco program purifies toilet wastewater for drinking
The streets of San Francisco (Image: Daily Caller video screen grab)

[Ed. – Just the place I would start such a program, to build public confidence and generate all the most positive mental images,]

By design, the San Francisco Public Utilities Building is exceedingly green. It opened in 2012 and for years the building has been recycling its wastewater for things like flushing the toilets. Now, that water can be consumed.

“Everything that’s connected in this room to the transparent pipe is part of our research project,” explains Manisha Kothari, Project Manager for the SFPUC.

Down in the bowels of this building that houses some 900 employees, you will find the equipment that treats all of their wastewater.

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The rain that falls on the roof and the water that comes out of the bathrooms has all be getting a first wash through the building’s engineered wetlands system that can be seen in the lobby. Now, that water is being carried over the threshold of drinkable.

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