Inside Norman's water reclamation center, an aquarium.
Inside, fish of all kinds, including a lobster-like crustation---all happy and healthy.
The water for the aquarium comes from right outside, water right out of the treatment plant's last step of treatment.
Utilities director Ken Komiske is proud of this plant. It's a completely natural process--- It uses no chemicals at all to clean all of Norman's wastewater. Now Komiske wants to put that cleaned water back into Lake Thunderbird to resupply the city.
"Why send it off and let someone else use it?"
Right now, the cleaned water is released into the Canadian River---water that could be used, gone forever. In past years, Norman's run out of available water and had to buy it from Oklahoma City. This plan could guarantee a constant supply is available.
And the plan---to send treated wastewater back into the water supply---is now getting the support of the state legislature.
"You look across the state and you look across many states and water is becoming more and more of a concern," said state senator Rob Standridge.
Standridge authored a bill allowing for the exploration of water reuse. He says the bill is not about forcing water reuse, but finding answers to combat the coming crisis of water availability.
"Whether they can move forward with that or not, I think as they invest money and resources, they need agencies they can work with to try to find solutions."
If approved, the water would get another round of treatment before being released into Thunderbird.