Denver Water working on ways to turn toilet water into tap water

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DENVER -- Colorado is one of the driest states in the U.S. New ways to meet future water demands are being looked at by Denver Water.

The Pure Water Colorado Demonstration Project focuses on a safe, reliable and sustainable drinking water supply for the years and decades ahead. It might take a little getting used to.

The tons and tons of raw sewage that enters the Denver metro wastewater facility gets disinfected, cleaned and then discharged into the South Platte River.

With the population growth in Colorado, drought and with the snowpack being what it is, water is needed.

Spring runoff, reservoirs and natural spring water have been traditional sources of potable water in Colorado.

But as the demand grows, Colorado is taking a look at a nontraditional source of water.

Denver Water said by turning what was once raw sewage water into drinkable water has the potential of saving an untold amount of money and natural resources.

First, it starts with raw sewage water. It is then cleaned at a wastewater plant and it goes through a five-step treatment process that works to remove and destroy contaminants.

The process includes quality monitoring and safeguards are built into the treatment to ensure the resulting water is safe to drink.

But how does it taste? Maybe, someday, we will find out.

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