The ultimate use of sewage water is converting it into drinking water — and that is exactly what this plant under construction in the West Texas town of Big Spring will do when it begins operations at the end of the year. The $12 million plant will take wastewater from a treatment plant, apply reverse-osmosis and disinfection treatments, and then send it into the water pipes, where it will blend with water from lakes, head through a regular water treatment plant and then emerge out of the taps. The Colorado River Municipal Water District is building the facility; it supplies water to Big Spring, Midland, Odessa and other cities. The plant will provide 1.5 million to 2 million gallons of water per day, a small fraction of the 36 million gallons per day supplied by the water district. Photos by Jerod Foster.
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