Water Conservation Can Have Unintended Consequences

Resource Recovery, Technology and Innovation
From University of California, Riverside

UC Riverside research shows residential conservation during drought can hinder wastewater reuse.

Conventional wisdom dictates water conservation can only benefit communities affected by drought. But researchers at the University of California, Riverside have deduced that indoor residential conservation can have unintended consequences in places where systems of wastewater reuse have already been implemented, diminishing both the quantity and quality of influent available for treatment.

The researchers outlined their findings in a recent paper, which appears online in the journal Water Research, published by the International Water Association.

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