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West Texas Residents Are Now Drinking Toilet Water

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We’ve heard of turning water into wine, but never sewage into drinking water.

Earlier this week a $13 million sewage treatment facility in Big Spring began processing sewage to meet drinking water standards, according to Colorado Municipal Water District General Manager John Grant.

However, officials at the facility say that while the idea of consuming something that was once flushed away sounds disgusting, there are no safety concerns with the finished product.

“It’s safe,” said Grant . “If something goes wrong the plant shuts down before (the sewage) gets into the system.”

In addition to brewing drinking water from the sewers of West Texas, the facility also treats water from three lakes, which creates an additional 2 million gallons of water per day during a time when 40 million gallons are being used daily.

Recycling used sewage in not a new concept in the state of Texas, as Fort Worth has used this method to irrigate crops for years. Yet, West Texas is the first to utilize this type of sewage treatment for drinking water.

Experts say that the treated water meets federal and state standards, as well is subjected to regular inspections by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

Well, now all of us have potty mouths.

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