Toilet-to-tap water probably better quality than most water Getty Images, Christof Koepsel

Toilet-to-tap water probably better quality than most water

Toilet-to-tap will increase in importance as droughts and water shortages increase in severity. Toilet-to-tap water is so well filtered and treated that its quality may be higher than water from so-called conventional sources. Because of low river flows, Texas residents have probably been drinking a substantial amount of toilet-to-tap sourced water without knowing it.

As droughts and water shortages increase in the sunbelt and in Texas in particular, toilet-to-tap management of the drinking water supply will become more common. Challenging the "ick" factor, water from such a supply may actually be better quality than water mixed with surface water or underground aquifers, says engineering instructor Desmond F. Lawler in an op-ed in the Fort Worth Star Telegram. Lawler, who teaches at the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas

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