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Reclaimed Wastewater for Drinking: Safe but Still a Tough Sell

by Ker Than, National Geographic News

This story is part of a special National Geographic News series on global water issues.

Water filtration technology has advanced to the point where wastewater can be rendered safe for drinking, according to a new report, but legislative and psychological hurdles will need to be overcome before widespread adoption can happen.

"Expanding water reuse could significantly increase the nation's water resource, particularly in coastal communities," said Rhodes Trussell, president of Trussell Technologies in Pasadena, California, and chair of the committee that wrote the report.

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