The situation with the drought in Texas has gotten so awful that state officials are being forced to begin recycling urine and sewage to come up with drinking water for its population. Texas is not the first state to be forced to treat its sewage for human drinking (looking at you, southern California), but said another way, “the godforsaken climate in our state is so terrible that we are compelled to tolerate the consumption of our own recycled waste products” almost feels like we are reading an article about Rick Perry’s presidential run. It certainly has that whole “didn’t we flush some terrible, illiterate frat boy Texas turd giving us a stomachache down the toilet probably a few years ago? Why is it back again in our drinking water? Do we have to swallow?” feeling to it. How excited is everybody about this?
Well, Rick Perry’s prayers are not working, so Texas will have to put up with their only other option, reconstituted garbage.
From the AP:
Construction recently began on a $13 million water-reclamation plant believed to be the first of its kind in Texas. And officials have worked to dispel any fears that people will be drinking their neighbors’ urine, promising the system will yield clean, safe water. Some residents are prepared to put aside any squeamishness if it means having an abundant water supply.
“Any water is good water, as far as I’m concerned,” said Gary Fuqua, city manager in Big Spring, which will join the cities of Midland, Odessa and Stanton in using the water.
Is any water good water? Isn’t heat death and dehydration preferable sometimes? [AP]