A note to the citizens of Toowoomba

There was a kerfuffle in the Queensland town of Toowoomba not long ago about the introduction of “recycled water” into the town’s drinking water supply. The measure was voted down, after people with “no scientific or water treatment expertise” (quoth the Sydney Morning Herald) decided they would rather keep draining the rivers.

Anyhow. The Singapore Government was handing out bottles of recycled water at Clarke Quay this morning, promoting the new water recycling program – nice timing, given that it’s 30 degrees out there today.

And you know, it’s not as bad as Toowoomba makes it out to be. As far as I could tell, it was… y’know… water. A bit flat-tasting, maybe – it wasn’t chilled or anything – but nevertheless water.

It’s not going to kill you.

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One Response to A note to the citizens of Toowoomba

  1. Rogues says:

    As a monkey whos dad has been working as a chemical/environmental engineer for 30 years or so in the waste water treatment industry i have to agree, i would have no problem drinking recycled water. If only people who drink water everywhere understood that all the water they drink has passed through or been contaminated by (read whizzed and poopied in by:) many a diseased and dirty animal. In actual fact recycled water has probably been through a much more stringent treatment process. Oh and water tanks that collect rain water for drinking? Lets just remember that they are untreated and that in my family there is a reason that we call pelicans the B-52s of the animal kingdom. Perhaps that refreshing rain water with a twist of salmonella really does taste fresher.
    Not that i think that rain water tanks are a bad idea, we also have been drinking out of one since i was a child. Let’s just not be silly. (Damn, too late!).
    Excuse the life story.

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