Jeff Smith 12:15 p.m., April 24
Water Fight Gets Dirty
Proposal to Import Water from South of the Border Called "Game of Chicken" by Opponents of Toilet-to-Tap
"Montezuma's Revenge or Flush 'n Flouride - which'll it be?"
Councilwoman Sherri Lightner has long argued that San Diego's water destiny is "critically important to San Diego’s economy and quality of life." That's why she's spearheading the creation of a comprehensive water policy for the city, one that will include support for so-called "toilet-to-tap" water recycling programs. The proposal also includes a plan to begin importing water from Baja California - the first time such a proposal has been floated.
News of the councilwoman's effort drew a predictable cry of protest from People Opposing Ostensible Purification (POOP), a non-profit lobbying organization that works to prevent the implementation of toilet-to-tap for reasons of obvious ickiness. "I hesitate to use the term 'brown tide' in this context," said POOP President Leroy Loafcutter, "but the last time I went to Mexico, I made the mistake of drinking a Coke with ice in it. Suffice it to say that I have real concerns about allowing Mexican water to pour over our borders like so many illegal immigrants."
"In our estimation," continued Loafcutter, "this is nothing more than a bullying tactic on the part of the City Council. They want us to yield on toilet-to-tap, and so they're proposing an even more horrible option and asking us to choose. It's a gross abuse of power. But not nearly as gross as the two days I spent in the bathroom after getting back from South of the Border."
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