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No joke. Singapore, places in AU and US: water short, drink sewage while fresh water runs away as ice sheets melt


By WcP.Watchful.Eye - Posted on 26 September 2014

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Around 90% of the fresh water on the Earth's surface is held in the ice sheet. The only current ice sheets are in Antarctica and Greenland (ice sheets are bigger than ice shelves or alpine glaciers). Greenland ice melting 3 times faster, loss of vast ice sheet. ice (fresh water!) runs away by hundreds of billions of tons a year.

Drinking sewage: solving Singapore's water problem
Australia: Recycled water to be on tap
HOUSEHOLDS across Australia’s Perth will soon be drinking recycled waste water. WA will be the first state to drink recycled water when up to 35 billion litres of treated sewage is pumped into our underground supply each year under a plan to be ticked off by the Barnett Government. The Sunday Times can reveal the Water Corporation will recommend within weeks that treated waste from showers, washing machines and toilets be re-used to drought-proof the state.
Currently, water from Beenyup is discharged into the ocean.
Drinking sewage: solving Singapore's water problem
Could sewage be recycled to provide water that's cleaner than what comes out of your tap? The place to find out is the small yet highly urbanized city-state of Singapore. The South-east Asian island country has a population of 5 million residing on less than 750 square kilometers of land. Whilst known for its strong economy, Singapore is lacking one essential asset - water. Singapore's strategy for a hydrated nation is four-fold: as well as importation, it includes desalinization plants, efficient catchment of rainwater and recycling of sewage.
Rainwater is collected through a network of drains, canals, rivers, storm water, collection ponds and reservoirs with the aim to catch water across two-thirds of the country. But the real hope lies in the membrane technology to treat wastewater known as 'NEWater', created by the country's public utilities board. The goal is to more cost-effectively treat industrial waste streams in the long run.
Professor Asit Biswas from the Lee Kuan School of Public Policy feels other countries should follow the example set by Singapore and even the current standards can be improved to eventually re-use every last drop of water. "There are two major future challenges," he says. "First is how to make the water system less energy intensive and the second one is consumer behavior with respect to water."
America: Califonia’s Pleasanton considers plan to use recycled sewage for drinking water Pleasanton revealed a drought-fighting plan Wednesday of using treated sewage for drinking water. The city is under mandatory water rationing. Right now, they are keeping Val Vista Park green by using reclaimed water from the sewage treatment plant next door.
we’ve lost more than half the Arctic summer sea ice cover decades ahead of predictions"

Giant iceberg, 965sqmi (2500sqkm, 400m thick) split fr Antarctica, holding "enough water to fill River Thames 100 times."

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Photos courtesy of Perth Now and CNN

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