With the water shortages going on in the US southwest, most of us have taken the time to think about our water usage, but many give little or no regard as to what happens to our used water. When we flush a commode or pull the plug in the sink, that directly effects the water that will eventually come out the other end. When water enters the waste water treatment plant at the University Park campus, it is decontaminated and rendered almost pure. While it is safe to discharge into local streams, Penn State has been spraying the clean water onto open fields, recharging the water table.
Credit: C Roy Parker