In the United States, water recycling has been used for over 40 year for a variety of applications!
California and Florida are the top producers of recycled water and follow strict guidelines and regulations for the protection of public health. As population grows and the demand on our water sources increase, alternative sources of water must be made available on a national level. RECLAIMED WATER AS AN ALTERNATIVE WATER SOURCE FOR CROP IRRIGATION, is a viable and often cost effective solution.
The ARIZONA BLUE RIBBON PANEL ON WATER SUSTAINABILITY, formed in 2009, was created to address and improve strategies for the sustainable use of water in Arizona through water conservation and water recycling. A diverse range of decision makers were involved in this panel, creating an initiative on alleviating water demands through conservation, recycling, and reuse.
The U.S. is not the only user of recycled water. In fact, Israel, a leader in water reuse in arid climates has been using recycled water for agricultural irrigation for many years. They published a study, ECONOMIC IMPLICATIONS OF AGRICULTURAL REUSE OF TREATED WASTEWATER IN ISRAEL, showing the use of recycled water for the irrigation of crops is a safe and economically effective management strategy.