• SOURCE: Siemens Corporation

Reclaiming Our Most Precious Resource



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ANCHOR LEAD: Although water covers approximately 70 percent of the Earth's surface, droughts and our expanding population have created shortages in many areas. With more than 30 states expected to face water shortages in the next few years, it's important to find ways to not only conserve, but to best utilize, even reuse, our most precious resource. Kendra Johanssen has more. (:60) SCRIPT: Newsbreak, I'm Kendra Johanssen. Panama City Beach, Florida, is renowned for its beautiful white beaches and its wetlands. But an increase in population and decades of tree farming have dried out the wetlands. Thanks to an advanced wastewater treatment plant, up to 13 million gallons of water a day are now being pumped back into the wetlands. Joey Herndon of Siemens Water Technologies. CUT: (Herndon) To be able to take a resource like wastewater and be able to clean it to a certain standard that will allow us to put it back on either public land, to rehydration of a park developed to promote wildlife and re-habitation of different types of species, it's just very exciting. SCRIPT: Last year, Panama City Beach opened a recreational and conservational haven in its wetlands, called "Conservation Park." And water levels in the wetlands are already rising. CUT: (Herndon) I think there's a great lesson here for other municipalities … hopefully it'll spawn some ideas for reused water. SCRIPT: For more, visit Siemens-dot-com-slash-answers. That's Newsbreak from Siemens.
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