Water that is on the Earth today is the same water that was here when the Earth began, according to the Central Basin Municipal Water. This is possible because of recycled water. The Earth naturally reuses its water; however, water recycling uses technology to speed up the process, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). According to the EPA, water recycling reuses waste water for purposes such as irrigation, toilet flushing or filling up a groundwater basin. A common form is industrial recycling, where an industrial facility will reuse water on site for processes such as cooling. Recycling water prevents water from being removed from natural habitats, such as the wetlands, that rely on it for survival,
When you recycle the water that you use in your area, this means that you do not have to take water from other areas, according to the EPA. Many areas where pure water is plentiful are delicate ecosystems that suffer when their water is removed. When the water is recycled, it makes it easy for places like the wetlands to keep their water supplies.
Decreases Waste Water Pollution
Many times, recycling water not only prevents its removal from sensitive environments, but it keeps waste water from going into bodies of water such as ocean or rivers, according to the EPA. Recycling water takes waste water such as sewage and reuses it, while it would normally flow into the nearest river or ocean, polluting it and disrupting the aquatic life.
Increases Irrigation Benefits
While waste water can be severely damaging to rivers and oceans, the recycled water contains properties that are extremely beneficial to irrigating and fertilizing fields, states the EPA. Recycled water often contains high levels of nitrogen, which, while bad for aquatic life, is a required nutrient for plants.
The wetlands provide many benefits to the environment, such as housing wildlife, diminishing floods, improving the quality of the water and providing a safe breeding ground for fish populations, according to the EPA. Many times, recycled water can be added to the dried wetlands, helping them to once again thrive into a lush habitat.
Provides Future Water Supply
When you take water from the rivers and oceans to use for things such as irrigation and wetlands, you use up part of the drinking water supply. When you recycle water and use that instead, you minimize the potential loss of drinking water, according to the Desert Water Agency. This leaves the maximum amount of water possible for future generations to use for their drinking needs.