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What’s in your drinking water? If you live in one of these states, it might soon be recycled sewage

The idea of drinking water that was recently sewage swirling down your toilet bowl, shower drain, or kitchen sink may sound pretty icky. But experts say it’s actually nothing to be squeamish about — and it might be coming to your state and city soon.

It’s a water recycling method known as direct potable reuse, or DPR, which sends highly treated sewage water almost directly to a drinking water system for distribution to communities. It’s legal in Texas, and legal on a case-by-case basis in Arizona. Multiple other states are in the process of formulating regulations to legalize it too, including California, Colorado, and Florida.

The water produced by DPR meets federal drinking water quality standards, experts say. And there’s a growing movement to urge people to warm up to the idea of DPR and other sewage recycling methods, which were once dismissively labeled “toilet-to-tap.”

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