El Paso to drink treated sewage water due to climate change drought

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One of prime water sources for the people of El Paso,Texas is the Rio Grande. Climate change, however, is making it increasingly difficult to supply the city’s water needs. El Paso is now on track to become the first large city in the U.S. to treat its sewage water and send it directly back into its taps. The city is currently building a closed loop facility where, instead of being pumped back into the aquifer, the treated sewage water will undergo additional filtration and then be sent back into drinking water pipelines. According to the EPA, the amount of wastewater produced in large cities can represent 50-60% of the total water supplied, providing a massive resource for cities like El Paso that are scouring for water.

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