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This fall, Santa Clara county residents will get a new source of water. This water is local and pristine. In fact, it’s cleaner than almost anything coming out of taps today. But – for now at least – no one will drink it.

Instead, water from the $68 million Silicon Valley Advanced Water Purification Center will flow into segregated, purple pipes to irrigate lawns and cool power plants.

That’s because the water is recycled from wastewater – sewage – from a wastewater treatment plant across the street. Engineers say it’s possible to purify sewage water until it’s cleaner …read more


Water Recycling Comes of Age in Silicon Valley 23 July,2013KQED Science


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