Excellent, I’ll keep posting. I’m a “tech will save us all so HURRY UP AND LETS USE IT” kind of person. Like, it will only work if we implement before disaster.
On that note: the water industry uses huge quantities of chemicals and electricity to run.
Pumps to move water along, extract it from the ground, move sewage, treat sewage… There’s a big scope for reducing carbon footprints within the water industry. Lots of places are looking at decentralizing, it’s a big trend especially in stormwater treatment. That trend is less obvious in wastewater treatment, because there’s lots of large established facilities. Greywater reuse is an example of taking water out of the sewage system (less to treat, less CO2 produced) and “treating” it via direct use and letting the plants and microbes do their thing. Of course, this has other impacts (more concentrated blackwater requires different pumping and treatment strategies). Decentralised water supply is water tanks, groundwater bores - these are pretty common in a lot of areas, even if not yours. The term “fit for use” means only sourcing and treating water to the condition required for what it’s to be used for, rather than overtreating so everything is drinking water quality and then pouring it on grass.
Apologies if jumbled, I really should be asleep.