The Horrors of Untreated Water
Sometimes your job makes something that should be scary a little less scary, which is nice at Halloween time. Case in point: Working for ReWa and reading Stephen King’s It. For those who have never read this terror tale from the 1980s, it is scary. Very scary. We won’t give away the plot, but it has a lot to do with drainage and sewers. So much so, that at many points, King’s characters give very strong reasons why agencies such as ReWa exist. One of the better ones is when characters talked about the polluted river in the fictional town of Derry, Maine. For all its ghostly problems, it has a river where raw sewage was dumped for decades essentially creating a gray water flow. Not cool even if you town isn’t haunted. At one key point, a police water event warns the kid they are playing in water they shouldn’t be because of the bacteria. It is obvious that Derry needed an agency like ReWa that could clean the water using a Water Resource Recovery Facility to help renew water each and every day.
Clean water is water that is treated to nearly drinking water standards. This water, while it is not drinking water, supplements the flow of local rivers, where it supports aquatic life and helps other communities downstream to enjoy an abundance of water for recreational uses and production of drinking water. In fact, our own WRRF utilize clean water in the treatment process and this product is ideal for use in irrigation of lawns and fields. It all adds up. And by it, I mean the efforts to renew water. Not the monster It in the book.
So, while ReWa couldn’t prevent the ghostly happenings in It, we could have made the water safer.