Many cities throughout California are conscientious of recycling and have been for the long term. But recycling water has now become a magnified topic as the drought persists. Recently researchers at UCLA have addressed the topic of recycled water being collected from sewer systems and then purified. At first glance, it may sound appealing. However it is a resourceful-even novel- idea as this form of water can be used to irrigate places like parks, lawns and golf courses. The subsequent health benefits of this process are not only being observed but commended. A study has analyzed the varying methods that California gets its water, from the removal of salts and minerals to conveying it from the Colorado River. An integrated approach has accounted for environmental impacts and the amount of energy each method consumes. An assessment of health, illnesses from air pollution, as well as the effects of climate change, were calculated to form a conclusion: recycled water can be used to an advantage. Those benefits become apparent when used in addition to Xeriscaping or using drought resistant plants. Many homeowners have initiated this favorable element in the effort to conserve water. Neighborhoods have become increasingly aware of the collective gain particular plants can have as a means of saving water and preventing urban runoff that pollutes waterways and beaches. Additionally, underserved neighborhoods often have few public parks and open spaces, making recycled water an environmental perk as it promotes a greener space.
Interestingly, more than half of California’s residential water use goes to the irrigation of lawns and landscape. However, even with modern technology in full swing, the challenge may still be adapting to a notion that waste water can now be purified to a level that eliminates health hazards. A recent survey shows that 76 percent of Californians support recycled water as a long-term solution, notwithstanding the current drought conditions or an improvement in the future. Recycled water requires its own system and many municipalities are also taking advantage of the available incentives for using recycled water.