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Would You Drink Recycled Waste Water?


Did you know that the Orange County Water District (OCWD) takes treated wastewater from the Orange County Sanitation District (OCSD) and recycles it? Then they inject the recycled water into 23 different wells and basins throughout Orange County, Ca. 

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The water that comes out of the wells meets state and federal drinking water standards. In fact, there are multiple videos on Youtube where the OCWD explains how they recycle wastewater, and it is rather impressive to watch and learn the process. OCWD claims that the treated water is safe and invites people to tour their facility just to see how it all works, then at the end of the tour, people have the opportunity to drink the water. 


Even though recycled water has gone through a rigorous filtration process, the idea of it can be unsettling to most people. Think about it, during the OCWD treatment process, they have devices to remove solids from the water, this includes fecal matter, animals that may have died in the sewers, and of course paper products such as toilet paper, wipes, and feminine products. 

photo credit: OCWD Waste Water Recycling

Recycling wastewater isn’t something new, other states and countries have put this into practice in their own municipal water districts. In the United States alone there are 19 such facilities, 8 of which are located in California. Countries such as Nambia, Singapore, Australia, and Belgium have wastewater treatment plants that are similar to OCWD. 


As great as recycling wastewater helps to offset the water demands of our growing population is, the idea of it can be off-putting for many. With OCWD and other municipalities having success with treating wastewater, more and more water districts will follow in their footsteps. This will most likely mean that in the near future, the water coming into your home is treated wastewater. 


This is why it should be a priority to make sure the water you and your family are consuming is safe and pure through the use of whole house water filters, a water softener, and a reverse osmosis system. Keep in mind, by using those filter systems individually will make a difference in water quality, but when combined, they can produce some of the purest water available that is not only safe but delicious to drink or cook with. 


iFilters.com offers a variety of water filtration products and devices to meet the needs of any family. For example, the MWH-D20 is a Whole House Water Filter System, it comes with a set of filters that are designed to address contaminants. The first stage is a high capacity String-wound Polypropylene sediment filter to trap particles such as sand, dirt, silt, rust and more. The second stage is a Coconut Shell Carbon Block filter, it’s purpose is to remove a number of contaminants such as chlorine and odors as well as VOCs.



This is best used as a pre-filter for the Aquasure Whole House Water Softener Systems. By having a water softener in your home, hard water minerals such as calcium and magnesium cannot create problems with copper piping or limescale buildup on fixtures. Since soft water is devoid of minerals, showering/bathing becomes a much more enjoyable experience. The soft water allows soap and shampoo/conditioners to work properly by creating a richer, thicker lather, all while leaving your hair skin soft and not dry or irritated. In addition, soft water prevents soap scum and limescale from forming in the shower or bathtub.


The last piece of water filtration should be a reverse osmosis system. Ifilters.com offers the RO-575-T4, this is a 5-stage, 75 gallons per day system that is equipped with a faucet and storage tank. This system is designed to rid your tap water of contaminants, such as chlorine, taste, odor, toxic fluoride, arsenic, lead, chromium, and many more. All this is possible, thanks to the pre-filters and membrane. This system has an exceptional contaminant rejection rate, meaning it will filter out contaminants and produce a water quality that is 99% pure or in other words, bottled water quality from your kitchen. 


By combining the aforementioned water filtration devices into your home, you can confidently protect your family from a variety of contaminants that are found in both city and well water. These systems are very effective in improving water quality and taste, especially if you live in an area where the water district recycles wastewater.  

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