The Racine Journal-Times Sunday Bulletin from Racine, Wisconsin on July 18, 1965 · Page 43
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The Racine Journal-Times Sunday Bulletin from Racine, Wisconsin · Page 43

Racine, Wisconsin
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Sunday, July 18, 1965
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ITmmilyr J^^^Mcijr/ July 18,1965 of q;teratinsr it is small—sliirhtly over two cents per thousand gallons. The cost of new water? The average price for 1,000 gallons is 17 cents. One of the side benefits of the plant is to reduce the enormous cost of carrying sewage water to the sea. But another more appealing benefit may be seen at San Diego, Calif. There, instead of percolating reclaimed water into the earth, it is poured into a basin to make a lake. First it is used for boating and fishing. Then, after two years of exposure to cleansing air and plant life, it is safe for swinuning. While such projects are now practical everywhere in America, scientists look forward to still- better techniques. They hope to eliminate the final process of long storage or spreading into the earth. Methods now are available which would let sewage go into one end of a plant and clean tap water come out the other. Cost is the hitch. But the Public Health Service is bringing such plants nearer practicality. Now being worked on are a half-dozen new water-reclaiming techniques. One is obBorption, filtering through activated carbon. Another is eleetrodialyais, a way of using electricity to separate water from its pollutants. Oxidation with hydrogen peroxide and iron is one more. Freezing, foaming, and evaporating are still other means. Some of these ideas are already at work in small pilot plants. Couldn't wm simply us* kiss wotvr? Yes, but as a nation we won't. Cooperation with water- conservation programs has tended to be poor, even in times of emergency. But above all, cutting down on water use in industry means raising costs sky-high. Experts are convinced that Americans are not willing to pay twice as much for many necessities solely because cheap, plentiful water is not available for making them. Industries such as steel, oil, chemicals, and textiles depend upon a cataract-flow of water. "Costly water," says a spokesman for the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, "will impose an inexcusable and perhaps intolerable burden on our country's economic growth." And he adds, "We will soon reach the time when no more supplies of fresh water are developable." Comments one of the nation's foremost authorities on the problem, John D. Parkhurst, the man behind the Whittier Narrows project in Los Angeles: "One-time use of water has become a luxury, one we can no longer aflford. Our time to. act is short. The scientific and technical knowledge to assure ourselves of the water we need to survive is in our hands. We cannot wait for nature to renew our water. We must begin to do the job ourselves." • FamUy Weekly, July 18,1965

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