As noted by others, biosolids from WWTP are being spread on farm land without proper, even adequate treatment. There is a documentary out now called “Biosludged” that is quite terrible to watch. This is a shame, because propoerly treated wastewater, CAN be made completely clean… it just costs more. We are doing it in agriculture, where we are held to very high standards because we dont have any political pull.
Industrial sludge rife with toxic chemicals is spread on mid-west corn and soy fields … under an “organic” designation.
No one’s thinking about the health implications, either way. Because our governments are all hand-in-glove with the industries that produce, purvey and use the contaminants.
Grow a garden at home. Compost your vegies and coffee grounds.
I recently bought “organic” compost containing residue of a pesticide excreted in ruminant feces. I had, luckily, used it only on a small patch of my garden. That was 7 years ago, and peas still won’t grow there. But finally some weeds do. I suppose that means things are looking up.
Several market and nursery growers had to scrape off 18″ of soil, and purchase soil to try to grow a second crop in. Two I heard of personally (and I’m not connected with either industry) were forced out of business by using the stuff.
Given the lack of treatment of biosolids from wastewater treatment before it is spread on agricultural land, I have strong doubt that wastewater would be sufficiently treated before agricultural use. The imperative seems to be low cost, not limiting contamination.
Hi Becky, My Norwegian cousin whom taught Environmental Science subjects in the University there, informed me that melting Glacier Ice represents fresh water, and should float in the “top layer of Ocean water”,which of course has a high level of salt, and is therefore heavier, than glacier water! It would seem that if this is true- that the top layer could be siphoned off, and easily desalinated, if necessary? That in turn should allow many Coastal Cities Worldwide to choose that water for both drinking and if needed for Agricultural use, vs. using reconstituted Wastewater!
I have also been informed by a Water Tech here, (working for our local Utility Co.) that the chemicals (think bleach) used in treating Wastewater here-produces a known carcinogen, & if that is correct, represents another reason to consider Glacier melt water, if it can be recaptured?
I’ve been a Water Conservationist for 30+ years now and at a soon to be 75 yrs., have mostly been shocked (here in Colorado) at how poorly our Waterways have been treated. Still, I have managed to bring about some improvements- even working alone for many years, and going against the “powers that be”, charged with protecting our waters and waterways.
Imagine if many Worldwide (everyday Citizens & Scientists) will help with ideas and various actions, and be open-minded enough to understand, that we may in fact be able to make a big difference, while protecting the health of many of the World’s Citizens, while providing them with much needed water which can be consumed without a risk to their health?
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