California’s long lasting drought has generated interest in treating wastewater for drinking. Some areas of the state, notably Orange County, have been drinking indirect potable reuse wastewater for decades.
In nearly 30 Alaska communities, some 3,300 homes still have no sewer system or running water. Residents resort to using buckets, referred to as ‘honey buckets’ for toilets. These open waste collection sites can cause respiratory illnesses, especially in children.
Heavy machinery the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) used to investigate pollutants at the Gold King Mine accidentally released an estimated one million gallons of mining waste into a creek, causing the Animas River north of Silverton, Colorado to turn an opaque orange.
Sonoma County in California is pioneering a publicly-run solar energy project using wastewater treatment ponds, making it the lead producer of this kind in the United States.