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Water is a precious commodity in many parts of the United States, especially drought-ridden areas in the western and plains areas. These conditions are expected to worsen as climate conditions become more extreme. We need clean water to grow our food, today and in the future. As water becomes more scarce in many parts of the country, ARS scientists in Arizona are exploring ways to use it more efficiently, by recycling wastewater to irrigate crops. They are also screening both water and crops for dangerous concentrations of pharmaceuticals, hormones, and other contaminants to keep our food supply safe.

Watch the video "Reusing Water For Field Irrigation" to learn more.