The future of recycled sewage water for drinking


The increased threat of climate change is steadily taking effect through fading water catchment areas, falling dam depths, drying rivers and other scources of water.On the other hand, the surging population forecasts increased demand for water. Government agencies, private enterprises and members of the public have joined hands to work out sustainable water provision. Recycling of sewage water has proved to be a viable option. However, considering the multiple use of water, consumption of water recycled from sewage has elicited mixed reactions across the world. In the past, recycled water was mainly used in industries and Agriculture. However, emerging scarcity has pushed the society to begin embracing drinking of the sewage recycled water. The question of safety has affected the people’s will to consume such recycled water despite proof of efficient, safe, tried, and tested technology.

Statement of the problem

The psychological perception that sewage water may not be recycled enough to be good for drinking is a contentious issue. While use of such water has been successful in industrial and agricultural processes, ascertaining its standard to meet human consumption safety has been a raging debate. The reality of water scarcity in the wake of global warming is a motivation factor behind the recycling technology, but the will of the people is a stumbling block that needs to be addressed.

Objectives of the study

  • To establish safety issues that scares people from accepting sewage recycled water for drinking
  • To establish the future of sewage water recycling for human consumption

Research question

  • What are the safety issues that scares people from accepting sewage recycled water for drinking?
  • Is there a future of sewage water recycling for human consumption?

Significance of study

The reality of climate change is here with us, the population increase is in inverse proportion to water supply from traditional sources. The technology is available and all required is people’s willingness to embrace sewage recycled water as a supplement to the fast diminishing natural sources. Besides, the industrial and agricultural use of intense research needs to be undertaken to ascertain the level of safety standards practiced by the recycling plants that can shed the doubt among the people.

Sources of information

This will be a qualitative research that will use secondary sources like books, journals, News articles, and other information from government databases. Literature review on such sources would provide further insight into the topic

My connection with the topic

I have read much about the challenge of clean drinking water in more than half the world’s population. The technological intervention is therefore a fascinating development that needs to be embraced as the sustainable alternative to reduce water shortage. I therefore feel obliged to undertake the research in the interest of personal knowledge and awareness creation among the people.


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