Water shortages, population growth, and competition for water supplies are driving water providers to consider reusing water to augment drinking water sources, and potentially go directly into drinking water treatment and distribution systems.
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If you think about it, for the most part at least, our economy and the way we make and use goods tends to follow a rather linear process. Natural resources are extracted from the ground, turned into products, used by consumers, and thrown away.
The concept of circular economy—a regenerative business model where resources are in use as long as possible, in contrast to the current linear “take-use-dispose” model—is becoming a bigger part of the sustainability conversation.