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Pentin Suggests Using Recycled Toilet Water for Drinking?

Original post made by Matt Morrison on Feb 6, 2014

It was reported the Vice Mayor Jerry Pentin "... asked staff at a November council meeting about perhaps using recycled water to augment the underground water supply." Vice Mayor Pentin also asked California Natural Resources Secretary John Laird if a reverse osmosis treated toilet water project is "something we can push forward..." (The Independent, 2/6/14)

The reported notes that San Diego rejected a reverse osmosis treated toilet water project, but, said Laird, "I talked to a San Diego city councilman who wants to start over in a serious way."

* Anything bigger than a water molecule passes through a reverse osmosis filter, including endocrine (hormone) disruptors.

* Pleasanton uses a much larger portion of groundwater than Dublin and Livermore and would be most severely injured if the groundwater supply was tainted.

* There is no company that would insure a reverse osmisis treated toilet water project against damage that may result to the valley's groundwater.

* Costs of reverse osmosis treated water is exponentially higher than conventional sources of water.

* The DSRSD reverse osmosis project was constructed decades ago as an attempt to increase sewage capacity for development in Dougherty Valley. Pleasanton agreed to subsidize and new, larger sewer export pipeline to avoid any risks from injecting reverse osmosis treated toilet water into the groundwater.

Comments (7)

Posted by Matt Morrison, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Feb 6, 2014 at 3:30 pm

Matt Morrison is a registered user.

Oops, anything "smaller than a water molecule" passes through a reverse osmosis filter.


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Feb 7, 2014 at 4:49 pm

Has the White House or the US Congress requested the recycled toilet water?

i rest my case...


Posted by Jay Walter, a resident of Birdland
on Feb 7, 2014 at 4:58 pm

In a recent talk with growers in the Central Valley, California flushes enough water through the Delta for every use. Why do they do this? Because of the environmental concern of the Delta. Keeping it in Pre-European conditions is going to cause a food shortage, as well as cut-backs in home usage.

That's right ... we flush enough water out into the ocean to keep one small sector of California from natural erosion. Check it out if you don't believe me


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Feb 7, 2014 at 5:34 pm

Presidents Bush enjoys a refreshing glass of recycled toilet water:

Web Link


Posted by Local, a resident of Foothill Farms
on Feb 7, 2014 at 5:49 pm

I saw a movie not too long ago where reverse osmosis with solid waste was used to make some pretty tasty hamburgers. The engineers brought approx. 1000 burgers to a convention and passed them around at no cost. Most of the people thought the free samples they ate were quite good.


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Feb 7, 2014 at 6:01 pm

Is animal waste used to make recycled drinking water?


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Feb 7, 2014 at 6:06 pm

Water quality protection in CA:

Web Link


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