Using treated and disinfected wastewater to grow biofuel plants on barren lands

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The discharge of treated and disinfected wastewater from municipal and private treatment plants to receiving waters, be they groundwater or surface waters, is increasingly unacceptable due to the presence of man-made chemicals and pharmaceuticals.  The use of wastewater to grow valuable plants safely for biofuels is the highest use for the nutrients, organics, and water in what used to be called ‘wastewater’.  This new Green Paradigm combines pollution prevention, economic savings, and energy production in one innovative concept.

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