by Richard Jennings, Designer – Water Management Associates
It is generally understood that fresh water is a diminishing supply globally. Stresses are also developing in global food supply, fertilizers, petroleum products, and healthy soils. Climate change is altering precipitation patterns with fewer, larger storms with longer dry periods. In some areas, surface streams and rivers have become ephemeral, or they have disappeared. The water still flows, but now it is in our sewers, the new perennial streams. The water, biology, and nutrients in sewage can help provide us with food, fiber, fuel, microclimates, habitat, resiliency, and beauty. Recycling of treated effluent will become an important element for communities that seek to create a more stable and local resource base.