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Recycling Water

In the US, purple pipes are used to distinguish reclaimed water from potable water.

Wed. 01/18 8a: Looking for new solutions to meet New Mexico’s water needs. This week on the KUNM Call-in Show we’ll talk about whether the use of low-quality water—including sewage—could help decrease the burden on our over-taxed water supply.  If scientists could assure you that water reclaimed from your drains was pure enough to drink…would you grab a glass and swallow it down? 


Bruce Thomson: Civil Engineer and Director of UNM's Water Resources Program

Ed Archuleta: President and CEO of El Paso Water Utilities

Here is a link to the National Academy of Sciences' recent report on water reuse at a national level.  A Q & A with the report's chair is ongoing until January 24.

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