Wastewater Recycle/Reuse: Lessons-Learned from USA-CERL Research and Development

by Jr.. Scholze, Jr., US Army Construction Engineering, Research Lab, United States,
Ed D. Smith, US Army Construction Engineering, Research Lab, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering, Construction, and Operations in Space


Ultimate acceptance of water recycle/reuse by the scientific community is a function of rigorous data collection and successful demonstration regarding health effects. An uncomplicated, workable field laundry and shower wastewater recycling system with the potential to save substantial amounts of water under arid field conditions has been developed. Development of the system has been paralleled by a primary focus on the health considerations of using the recycled water. Direction for future research and development is presented in a generic format to ensure appropriate data are collected to answer health related questions.

Subject Headings: Water reclamation | Recycling | Wastewater management | Space life support systems | Water supply | Water treatment | Space exploration

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