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Gary Miller

Parks and golf courses ae using waste (?) water.TC waste water is being used by industry.
Calling it waste water may be a mistake. Water can be reused over and over forever.
Wasted water is water that wasn't reused.
We must remember our coastal ecosystem needs fresh water as much as ( rice ) farmers do.
How much are rice farmers willing to pay for recycled water. They buy their water by the acre foot, ( 333,000 galons). Last price I remember for one acre ft was Just over $200.
A million gallons, 3 acre ft., of recycled LM water may be worth less than $1,000.
Can it be delivered at a profit for the farmers or the city?

Island Bred

This sort of remids me of the brew haha over the animal shelter. Lots of folks want it but the players that foot the bill don't include everyone that wants it..............If the city of La Marque has to pay one penny to do this - then NO. See if the city can use it first. Lots of questions about the diversion of water to farmers. We route plenty of subsidy to them already. Fix my streets first -

Robert Buckner

A lot of good points by IHOG and Margurite, is there a market for LM's treated sewage? Who will foot the bill to pipe it to farmers? Will revenue from sewer sales repair streets? Something smells here...

Todd Elliott

Surprise, surprise. Just like LM to spray their waste water on the rest of the county. They should pay the rest of us to put up with it. Waste water isn't fresh water, it is diluted sewage. The last thing I want is my rice is your fecal coliforms. No thanks!

Jim Forsythe

We don’t make new water, but we do reuse it. Water is predicted to become more costly than electricity for the average home.Think about your drinking water and were it comes from!
“The National Research Council (NRC) says that advances in treatment technology for municipal wastewater means water often flows out of treatment plants as clean as what many of us drink today. "With recent advances in technology and treatment design, potable reuse can reduce the concentrations of chemical and microbial contaminants to levels comparable to or lower than those present in many drinking water supplies," reports the Council, a Congressionally chartered scientific advisory body of the nation’s leading researchers, in a new study. " “Municipal wastewater reuse offers the potential to significantly increase the nation’s total available water resources.
"We also drink plenty of water from sources that contains wastewater discharged by communities upstream.”
“With technology getting better all the time, it won’t be long before former wastewater is pouring crystal clear from your tap, if it isn’t already”.
If you think that bottle water is better, you may be surprised that
“some bottled water comes from sparkling springs and other pristine sources. But more than 25 percent of it comes from a municipal supply. The water is treated, purified and sold to us, often at a thousand fold increase in price. Most people are surprised to learn that they’re drinking glorified tap water, but bottlers aren’t required to list the source on the label“.


Ahhhhhhhahahha! Ahhhhhhhhahahhha!!! Come now,...it'll make that rice taste dirty. Dirty rice.lolololol. ( Best laugh I've had all week ).

Centerpointe Moderator

Many municipalities in the state are currently in a race to obtain re-use permits, which are sometimes called 210 authorizations in reference to the section of the Texas Administrative Code where the rules are located.


The City of Lake Jackson diverts its effluent to Dow Chemical. League City reportedly uses about 100 million gallons per day to irrigate local golf courses. In 2011, the City of Galveston began sending its treated effluent to Moody Gardens, which reportedly engages in tertiary treatment before using about a million gallons per day for grounds maintenance.

Thor, you shouldn't have to worry about fecal being an issue in re-used effluent. That stuff is efficiently killed by the treatment process, which was engineered to accomplish exactly that.

I'd be more interested in learning more about the fate and transport of pharmaceuticals in a human-consumption agricultural scenario, because pharmaceuticals are not totally removed by conventional water treatment processes. A lot of the studies that have been done have focused on risks that would be associated with water ingestion scenarios, but what about repeated applications to soil? Would drug residues accumulate faster than they'd break down? I have no idea about that stuff and haven't seen any studies along those lines.


Island Bred

That's probably one of the reasons they don't tell you to flush your meds anymore. You take them to a pharmacy or hospital or incinerate them. No more flushing. I'm just sayin that when we are on restriction perhaps the city would like to be able to use the resources it has instead of selling /or worst yet giving it away. It might be a very good idea to do - just not enough in that article to tell. I'm sure it will be cussed and recused at council and in the end my streets will still need repair and I will be told I can't water my lawn for fear of fines. I'm open to debate and I'm sure there will be one. It seems Mr Brown brought back a very interesting idea from a conference. That is a good thing I just hope that it is thoroughly vetted before it's voted - I have faith that it will be.

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