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Big Spring water plant turns waste water into drinking water in eight hours

By Jennifer Kendall, jkendall@ktxs.com
Published On: Mar 04 2013 09:38:51 PM CST
Updated On: Mar 05 2013 08:53:12 AM CST
BIG SPRING, Texas -

The Colorado River Municipal Water District started planning ahead for dwindling water resources over a decade ago. They began building a raw water production plant that purifies recycled waste water and after years of drought, they are thankful they did.

"When we started this 10 years ago we didn't even think the drought was going to be like it is today," general manager of Colorado River Municipal Water District John Grant said. 

The raw water production plant will recycle two million gallons of waste water every day through a three-stage purification system.

The plant will officially open in April. The water from the plant will be used in Big Spring, Midland Odessa, Stanton and Snyder.

"The whole process, water going into the plant, water coming out, is maybe an eight hour treatment process," Grant said.

For many people it's a tough concept to swallow.

“There were some people who were skeptical about it there's people today that say I’m not going to drink that," Grant said. 

Others welcomed the idea.

"Somebody told me that somebody over in Midland said, ‘Good, I get to drink my beer twice now," said Grant. 

"The Big Spring production plant will be the most direct use of raw water in the country.

"Sounds pretty nasty," said Anthony Jones, a resident of Snyder. 

"I would have no problem with it,” Brent Hardegree who works in Snyder said.