Mayor: Toilet to Tap Water Recycling Will Eventually Come To Lubbock

Published 05/07 2014 04:50PM

Updated 05/12 2014 04:04PM

By Ashley Hinson

LUBBOCK, TX -- The city of Lubbock will eventually join the growing list of drought-stricken towns to treat waste water for drinking water, according to Mayor Glen Robertson.

"It's something we're all headed to," Robertson said.  "It's not a matter of if, it's a matter of when."

Robertson said Lubbock's growing population and lack of rain is to blame for the necessary strategy, one that has already been adopted by El Paso, Brownwood and Big Spring. 

"We're dealing with a limited resource that in the past we've treated like an unlimited resource," said Robertson.  "The cheapest water we're ever going to get going forward is the water we save."

The process would require additional technology at Lubbock's treatment plant, but it's a process Robertson said heightens the quality of drinking water even more than what's taken from the ground or Lake Alan Henry. 

"It's cleaner water it's been treated its as good of water as you're going to find anywhere," said Robertson.

It's still a tough idea for Lubbock resident Rick Bennet to swallow.

"I understand that they treat it and supposedly its ok, but I've got my doubts," Bennet said.  "If I have to drink it I'm not too excited about that."

"It's just that mental idea that it's treated waste water that is very hard for people, including myself, to get over," said Robertson. 

Robertson said the treated waste water would make up about 15% of the drinking water.

He said there's no specific timeline as for when this process will begin, but Robertson said it could still take up to 50 years before it's implemented. 

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