Study focuses on reusing municipal wastewater
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A new study may increase the use of treated wastewater to supplement local drinking water supplies.
A National Research Council committee has taken a closer look at reusing municipal wastewater. Committee member Dr. Henry Anderson of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health says the study concluded that wastewater treatment is improving.
Anderson says more wastewater plants force water through a fine rubbery membrane that doesn't let organisms and large chemical compounds through. In some drier parts of the country, treated wastewater is sometimes used on farm fields and golf courses.
Wisconsin Public Radio reports the National Research Council says changing federal law could help ensure a high level of health safety for the public.