California may border the Pacific Ocean, but drinking saltwater can cause more harm than good. In the quest for attaining drinking water, desalination is a process that has been discussed, but has proven to be extremely expensive. To reduce the demand of water in this highly-populated state, the Orange County Water District designed a system to clean wastewater to be repurposed for future use. This repurposed water is also known as potable water.

Since the project started in the 1990s, Orange County’s Groundwater Replenishment System processes 70 million gallons of water per day, with the hopes that the Orange County Water District will reach 100 million gallons in two years, Ensia reported. Although water that flows through the Groundwater Replenishment System is not for drinking, potable water can be used for irrigation or municipal purposes.

“Almost one in five Californians are already connected to a utility that uses, or has [as] part of its water supply portfolio potable reuse,” Dave Smith, managing director of the WateReuse Association’s California chapter, told the source.

The success of the Groundwater Replenishment System has grabbed the attention of Japan and Singapore, which has its own potable water system that provides drinking water to 30 percent of the country’s population.

This eco-friendly alternative consists of a three-step process. First the wastewater goes through microfiltration, then water goes through reverse osmosis. The filtration is finalized once water goes through a cleaning process that uses a combination of hydrogen peroxide and ultraviolet lights.

California continues to pave the way to be more environmentally conscious, but the Golden State has a long way to go. As one of the most populous states in the country, it is important that everything is used to its highest potential, otherwise it will end up in landfills — emitting raw materials into the atmosphere.

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