Recycling wastewater does not have an appealing sound to it, but the benefits that it can bring to a corporation, city, or country are huge. Wastewater treatment is a process to remove contaminants from water, such as bacteria from household sewage, chemicals from manufacturing plants, or plastic. This process produces water that is healthier and safer for the environment.
By recycling water, we are greatly reducing the amount of freshwater that becomes contaminated, and improving the quality of water that is released back into the earth. There are many benefits that range from environmental, to corporate, to a global reach that come from recycling wastewater. The following highlights only a few of the benefits that recycling wastewater has.
1. Benefit the environment
Wastewater is one of the largest contributing factors to pollution and environmental hazards. If we increase the amount of water that is recycled, the environment is immediately positively impacted. Recycling water does not only reduce the gallons of waste that are released into freshwater daily, but it also benefits wetlands, protected spaces, animals, and irrigation systems. Recycled and treated water can improve the quality of water that is released into large bodies of water daily. Through this higher quality water, the protected spaces, wetlands, and animals are benefited.
2. Decrease shortage
By recycling the water that you use in your area, you do not have to take water from other locations. Recycling water can change the disparity in freshwater availability. By reusing the water from your area, the locations that have little to no access to freshwater will now have access to regions that were once unavailable to them.
An increase in wastewater treatment systems can change the water allocation throughout the world. For example, a corporation which has implemented their own system will not have to take from the city, leaving the city with more available water to give to other locations that require it.
3. Improve drought response
When cities, provinces, or countries experience a drought, the price of water skyrockets. The everyday uses of water are no longer available and everything that relies on water suffers. For corporations, municipalities, or governments that implement a wastewater treatment system, the effects that a drought can have are greatly reduced.
The water treatment system ensures that there is a conservation of water for emergencies by reusing and recycling freshwater. For corporation who implement a wastewater recycling system, they can ensure that production or productivity will not be slowed by a drought. The conserved water that comes from the system keeps them protected in a drought situation.
4. Potential cost savings
For large corporations who choose to implement a wastewater recycling system, there is a huge cost saving associated, as water usage is one of the biggest monthly expenses. There are many water associated costs with non-recycled water usage. The company must purchase the water through the city, pay associated taxes per gallon, and then pay to release the used water. Through a recycling system, the corporation is able to save on both the purchasing cost and taxes. This recycled water is notably less expensive than fresh water.
5. Reduce pollution
The idea of recycling any item is to keep it from polluting our land and waters. Through a wastewater recycling program, the pollution found in bodies of water is dramatically reduced. Wastewater does not naturally decompose unless processed through a recycling system. If it is not processed, the waste continues to pollute oceans, lakes, and other large bodies of water. All types of recycling help our earth become a cleaner planet, and as water covers over 70% of the earth, it is a good place to start.