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We need a sustainable solution to the problem of pollution (HCN, 9/17/07). Drinking endocrine disrupters is not the answer unless they help prevent population growth. Replumb our recycled sewage water into a system used for just that purpose - flushing our sewage. How many gallons of water are used during a ball game at the stadiums? How many gallons are used in all institutional settings such as schools, convention centers, hotels? All those toilets could be hooked up to a recycled sewage system. Why do we continue to irrigate our parks, golf courses, and residential landscapes with fresh water? The answer is graywater systems. Every laundromat should be subsidized to help purchase water-saving machines. Educate the mainstream population on how much water it takes to wash those super-bath-sized towels. Encourage our engineers to build water reclamation systems for hotels and residential use. Encourage builders to incorporate technology to save water.

I know the Metropolitan water district wants to sell gallons and gallons of water as do the builders of desalination plants. Saudi Arabia has no other solution and has the wealth to support this expense as well as a disregard for the environment. Please, please, please put on your thinking caps and stop throwing around the political football. This water obsession will be everyone's worst nightmare.

F. Heatherington
San Diego, California
Anonymous
Nov 26, 2007 11:22 AM

In a world filled with water shortages why is illegal to have a composting toilet in most parts of the country?  Why do we mix fecal matter with clean water and create contaminated water AKA sewarage?? Why is it illegal to use grey water to water your lawn according to building codes?  Where I live in Colorado its illegal to gather rainwater and use it to water plants!! This is insane.

Anonymous
Nov 26, 2007 11:22 AM

In a world filled with water shortages why is illegal to have a composting toilet in most parts of the country?  Why do we mix fecal matter with clean water and create contaminated water AKA sewarage?? Why is it illegal to use grey water to water your lawn according to building codes?  Where I live in Colorado its illegal to gather rainwater and use it to water plants!! This is insane.

bplenk
bplenk
Dec 04, 2007 07:55 AM

I agree that the current (NPR, numerous ballot initiatives like in
Tucson,
recent publicity about Singapore, etc) discussion of Toilet to Tap
really does miss the point. Ever lived downstream in the Midwest and thought about where your water comes from?? An upstream toilet that's where! Toilet to toilet is  the way to go, but  once again it means  changing  building codes to force builders   to  install  dual water systems in  new houses. Along with rainwater harvesting and greywater use (legal and simple in Arizona)   in older homes,we might make a dent.

We're looking at toilet to tap anyway. Let's make it toilet to toilet where possible too!

Bruce P 

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