Correction: Wetlands-Water Reuse story

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Associated Press

Posted on August 8, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 8 at 4:04 PM

FAIRFIELD, Texas (AP) — In a story Aug. 3 about a man-made wetland system, The Associated Press erroneously reported the amount of water the system contributes to a local reservoir. It adds 65 million gallons per day, not 65,000 gallons.

A corrected version of the story is below:

FAIRFIELD, Texas (AP) A man-made wetlands system between Dallas and Houston is adding 65 million gallons of water to the area drinking supply.

The George Shannon Wetland Water Reuse Project is the first in the U.S. to bolster water supplies by naturally treating wastewater. The $75 million, 2,000-acre project has piqued the interest of water managers from Mexico City to Baghdad.

The system pumps water from the Trinity River through a series of shallow ponds of lush vegetation and birdlife.

The soil and plants filter out nitrates and phosphorous until the water runs as clear as a creek.

The water utility that runs the project says it's a safeguard against climate change and is cheaper than building a reservoir. Elsewhere in the U.S. man-made wetlands are addressing water quality rather than quantity issues.

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