A state leader in Queensland, Australia, reported that the state plans to introduce sewage into its drinking water as local droughts threaten water supplies around the country.
Peter Beattie, the premier of Queensland State, told the New York Times that falling dam levels have prompted the government to go forward with plans to introduce the recycled water next year into the southeast area of the state.
The recent drought has been considered the worst in a century. Some areas have been receiving low-average rainfall for about a decade.
Mike Rann, South Australia State’s premier, reported that his state has already used recycled water on crops, but will not use recycled water for the drinking water supply.
Prime Minister John Howard predicted that Sydney would eventually use recycled water in the area’s drinking supply.