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Recycled Water as a Valuable Resource

In many parts of the World, freshwater supplies are limited. Rainfall and river flows are often seasonal and intermittent. Growing water needs are causing increased competition for available supplies. In some regions, the amount of water available is being reduced by global warming and climate change.

Until recently, most of the water used for human activities was used once, then discharged back to the environment.

Water recycling – recovering used water and supplying it again for beneficial uses – allows greater human benefit to be obtained from available freshwater supplies. Water recycling conserves existing water resources and reduces the need for new freshwater supplies.

Recycled water is a valuable water resource.

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