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‘The Daily Show’ wasted so much water in this California drought segment

This hits Californians where they live.


Michelle Jaworski


Posted on Jun 11, 2015   Updated on May 28, 2021, 2:59 pm CDT

With California in the middle of a drought so bad that it’s already garnering Mad Max comparisons, the idea of reusing sewage should be the least of residents’ worries. But this is California, and that hasn’t stopped them from worrying about it.

California is testing a system, called toilet-to-tap, that results in drinkable water that’s even cleaner than tap water. But some people can’t get past the fact that what they’re drinking was once toilet water. On The Daily Show, Jon Stewart wondered whether people would be onboard if the purifying system had a different name.

“It’s known as toilet-to-tap, but there are steps in between,” Stewart said. “You’re not just sticking a drinking straw up somebody’s ass.”

But when he brought in Senior California Correspondent Al Madrigal, the commentary turned into utter silliness. A California resident no longer restricted by water usage, Madrigal took every opportunity he had—and then some—to drink, use, and waste as much water as he possibly could. And once he left? The magical adventures only continued.

He had to get it out of his system somehow.

Screengrab via The Daily Show

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*First Published: Jun 11, 2015, 12:36 pm CDT