So, check this out! California is doing something pretty wild. They just approved rules that allow treated wastewater to be added directly into the public water system, rather than taking the long route through an intermediary aquifer, reservoir, or groundwater source. It’s like something out of Frank Herbert’s Dune books or the International Space Station!
And this isn’t just any water we’re talking about. This is “Direct Potable Reuse” – which means they’re taking municipal wastewater, cleaning it up, and pumping it straight into the public water distribution system. No middleman!
The state is trying to tackle water shortages, especially as the tech industry is sucking up a lot of water – crazy, right? Studies are showing that AI software is using a ton of water. Like, Microsoft’s datacenters burned through 700,000 liters of water in just a couple weeks of training their AI, and it’s only expected to get worse.
But hey, not everyone’s on board with the new rules. Some folks are worried about public health, but the WateReuse Association seems pretty stoked about it. They think it’s a great way to manage extreme weather and water scarcity, while still putting public health first. It’s definitely a bold move, that’s for sure.