The impacts of the drought on the west coast are a growing concern for Californians. The identification of a long term solution that will build a secure future with purified water has become a top priority. As a result of the drought, it has become a wide accepted practice to use treated wastewater, or recycled water. A statewide survey by Xylem Inc found that 76% of people believe recycled water should be used as a long-term solution for managing water resources, regardless of whether or not a water shortage continues. Education about industrial water purification appears to be a major factor in the movement to use recycled water. The study shows that 89% of residents are more willing to use recycled water after reading an educational statement explaining the industrial water filtration process. 88% of residents agreed that a demonstration of the industrial water purification process would make them more comfortable with the process in general.
Flint Water Crisis
The city of Flint, Michigan is drawing national attention over the problems with tap water. For financial reasons, the state decided to temporarily switch Flint’s water source from Detroit city water to the Flint River until a new supply line to Lake Huron was ready. After the change in 2014 there was an uproar among the residents because of the dip in water quality. The mayor and governor both declared the water situation as a state of emergency. The National Guard was contacted to help deliver clean water to the city’s residents. It is situations like this that bring light to the importance of water treatment options.