For those readers in different parts of the world, the tally remains astounding. The average amount of water being used by American households is nothing short of wasteful in comparison. These readers come from the driest parts of the world and for a number of years now, communities at all levels, from government, right down to the homeowner, have been compelled to utilize water as sparingly and resourcefully as possible.
If they have not felt any moral compunction to act, they have been mandated to do so. While sacrifices were initially made, no-one is complaining today. In your neck of the woods, you may be feeling the effects of dryness and a scarcity of water, and perhaps you and your communities have acted accordingly. No-one should be told what to do, but such is the case. Large scale industries have, however, felt the brunt of water wastage.
Even if they are able to pass the costs down to their customers, they are still bearing the costs of water going to waste. One of the causes of industrial use water going to waste is because it has become polluted. While municipal wastewater treatment centers are in existence, not enough provision has been made on this level. To compensate, however, privatized industrial wastewater treatment facilities have been developed.
Today, they no longer need to be operated at source and can be transferred to an industrial location or node. Costs can be contained while resources are shared at a strategic point. The water is treated accordingly. Water that is safe to consume will be accordingly compartmentalized, while water that is non-drinkable will be labeled as gray water, with the advantage that it can still be recycled and re-used.