Midland Councilman Pushing for Water Reclamation Systems for Homes 4/30/13
April 30, 2013
The search for water in West Texas never ends and recently cities and agencies have started building reclaiming plants.
The city of Midland is currently building a reclaiming plant in partnership with Midland College.
“Midland was the one who got the rules changed at the state level to allow this facility to be built. Prior to this, this kind of construction was not even available,” said Stuart Purvis, director of utilities for the city of Midland.
Now Midland councilman John James wants to see reclaiming systems installed in houses.
“So local reclamation systems or home based water reclamation systems are really one component of many components that’ll help us have water for the long term,” James said.
Residents would be able to install a device that could take the water from their sinks and showers, treat it and then make it available to use on their lawns.
In order for reclaiming systems to be built building codes would have to be changed and water rates could be more expensive as residents would use less water. James says the higher cost will be worth it to ensure water will be available for future generations of Midlanders.
“But going forward because water is such a previous commodity. We have to figure out the smart ways to use it, reuse it and keep the costs down as low as possible so that everybody benefits over the long term; including our children and grandchildren”
Changing building codes to allow installation of reclaiming devices in homes will take a long time. Officials must ensure that the water is safe and up to code and then changes to codes must be passed by City Council. But, James hopes to see recommendations for changing the building codes to be made sometime next year.