Found in the course of researching a story today:
Q: Is it true that water coming out of sewage treatment plants is used for other purposes?Um... Does this happen in every state? Or just Georgia? I may think twice before visiting Seaside Water Works again.
A: Yes, it is called reclaimed wastewater, though its use is limited. Before you start to feel ill, no, it is not used further down the line as drinking water. It is most often used for irrigation and for water parks and golf courses. In the U.S. in 1995 (the last year for which wastewater-treatment data was compiled) about 44,400 wastewater-treatment plants sent about 44,600 million gallons per day of treated water back into the environment. About 983 million gallons per day was used again (reclaimed) after treatment, mainly as irrigation water.