Americans start drinking sewer water as droughts take toll nationwide
by: J. D. Heyes
Friday, February 28, 2014
There is a saying that goes, “Desperate times call for desperate measures,” and clearly, city officials in one drought-stricken Texas town are getting desperate.
According to the CBS News affiliate in Dallas-Fort Worth, one North Texas community may serve up recycled sewer water to residents because of prolonged dry conditions in the region:
Wichita Falls is two hours outside of Dallas. Three years ago 88-percent of Texas was under exceptional drought conditions — that’s the worst classification of drought. Today there are just two small areas that still have that designation and the city of Wichita Falls is in one of them.
The report said that nearby Lake Arrowhead gave a clear indication of just how bad the drought has become. Though it is one of the town’s main sources of water, it is currently only at about 27 percent capacity, officials said.