The reuse of municipal wastewater for household uses

Mordechai Shechter*, Amir Haiman

*Corresponding author for this work

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The paper addresses itself to the question of the desirability of complete recycling of municipal wastewater, that is, treating effluents for household (potable) uses, allowing of course also agricultural and industrial uses (beyond that which is necessary for pollution abatement). A benefit-cost analysis assesses the quantified, estimated health risks and the additional treatment costs versus the benefits of an additional water supply. The issue is especially important and timely in arid regions.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)317-323
Number of pages7
JournalScience of the Total Environment
Issue numberC
StatePublished - 15 Nov 1986
Externally publishedYes

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Funding Information:
* The project was funded by the Water Commissioner Office at the Ministry of Agriculture. The authors acknowledge the assistance of Prof. M. Revhun of the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology and Ms. H. Sela of the Ministry of Health who served as co-investigators in the project. This paper focuses on economic aspects of the larger study. It does not in any way reflect the views and policies of the funding authority.


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