You might not know this, but there’s a pretty severe drought going on right now in certain parts of Texas. Apparently the drought has hit some towns harder than others — which we assume is why anyone would even consider recycling urine into drinkable water.
A town called Big Spring, Texas has laid out plans involving a massive sewage filtration system, which would have the ability to convert… well, sewage into drinkable water.
Oh, but don’t worry. This “recycled” water will be mixed with regular water, so you won’t be drinking straight sewage by-products.
They even try to make it sound less disgusting:
We’re taking treated effluent (wastewater), normally discharged into a creek, and blending it with potable water. In essence, the system speeds up what would naturally occur with the flow of discharged water through wetlands, with more pristine results.”
No matter how you say it, this poor town is still reduced to drinking recycled urine.