Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015

Tough sell

Will the 'yuck factor' sink California's water recycling?

Dan Gallagher shows off the ultraviolet light that gives the final treatment to thoroughly cleansed recycled water at the Pleasanton wastewater facility, if Californians are ready. MICHAEL MACOR / San Francisco Chronicle

S.F. Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

Prune-dry California may soon be going down the toilet — for its drinking water. The prospect of sewer water being treated and redirected back into faucets is the future of California if the water crisis continues. The challenge isn't so much technological as it is cultural: Will people agree to use the water they once flushed? You don't have to look far, though, to see that the so-called "toilet to tap" technology is already here.

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Lompico gives up its old-school water district

Los Angeles Times

In the mountains north of Santa Cruz, water is managed, as they say, "the old-school" way. But last year, state health officials announced that the Lompico County Water District's drinking supply was one of the "most vulnerable" in California. Now, after four years of drought, Lompicans have accepted that it's time to get out of the water business.

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UC Berkeley leads $12.3 million drought study

Daily Californian & University of California

UC Berkeley announced Monday that it will be spearheading a $12.3 million project beginning in summer 2016 that intends to examine how a particular cereal crop reacts to drought. During three years of field testing, researchers will dissect mechanisms by which sorghum, a close relative of corn, is able to survive water deprivation.

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