Water re-use to continue in California agriculture
October 13, 2006

The recycling of water from treatment facilities to farm use will continue in California, despite concerns that the E. coli outbreak in spinach was linked to contaminated water. Whether or not that was the case, we should expect more water recycling in the future - not less. Drought and continued population growth mean that water demand in some areas of the country exceeds the natural supply, and that supply will have to be supported by water reuse. Of course, the land application of treated manure is a long-standing practice in agriculture, and all water is recycled anyway, so none of this is really new at all.

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last revised October 2006