Nov 3rd 2008 By Tom Radler
As humans have evolved over thousands of years, much work and energy has gone toward ensuring that the food and water that we consume is not contaminated by feces.
In Australia, however, a new project is about to turn that conventional wisdom on its head, as residents in southeast Queensland will have their 10 and 25 percent of the area's drinking water recycled
from treated sewage.
Microbiologists are understandably a little freaked out by this experiment, which is the largest of its kind. Their concerns include the fact that there isn't available technology to detect small quantities of viruses that may be contained in the water.
Queensland's sewage treatment plant is one of the most advanced in the world, but skeptics cite research that shows there is a lag time of one or more days before E. coli and other bacteria show up in water tests, making it inevitable that some antibiotics, hormones and chemicals won't be effectively filtered out.Question Raised:
If you lived in Queensland, would you pack up and move to where the tap has no relationship with the crap?