Water Recycling: Consumer Acceptance is Key

Water Recycling: Consumer Acceptance is Key

24th June 2024 news 0


Using treated wastewater is for drinking purposes is a likely possibility in UK’s water supply future. It is already a part of numerous water recycling schemes across the country. Southern Water plans on building a new water recycling plant in Havant and supply purified recycled water into the Havant Thicket Reservoir being built by Portsmouth Water where it would mix with spring water. The water would undergo further treatment at Otterbourne Water Supply Works to meet drinking water standard prior to going into supply. This plan alone is expected to supply 90 million litres per day.

Though it is being considered a step-forward for water recycling, consumer acceptance is a huge challenge. The ‘yuck’ factor and water purity concerns stop users from consuming recycled water. A 2022 study conducted by the Drinking Water Inspectorate (DWI) tilted ‘Perception of water recycling for drinking water use’ showed that 79% of UK population were okay with recycled water supplementing drinking water supply.

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