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San Diego imports about 90 percent of its water and big issues such as global warming and small issues such as tiny smelt make the situation perilous. Slowly, residents seem to be grasping the crisis. A poll by San Diego Institute for Policy Research and CERC indicates tht two-thirds of citizens see the water crisis as extremely or very important. However, the concept of treating wastewater to drinking water standards is acceptable to only 44 percent and unacceptable to about half of residents. The "toilet-to-tap" designation of several years ago still bites hard. But when San Diegans are told they are already drinking treated wastewater from the Colorado River, more than 60 percent support the concept. Desalination remains most popular now.

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Wrong, wrong, wrong! This is typical liberal, control your life blather--force everybody to drink treated sewage because some big corporations, usually Bauder's bane, have lobbyied for super-huge engineering contracts to line their pockets with. Thank God for Jerry Sanders, at least he doesn't want to rule the world, and a basically honest man, no matter what Aguirre calls him.

Sept. 27, 2007

Facing the water crisis is neither a liberal nor conservative issue. It's a matter of fact, not ideology. Unless something is done, the county faces a huge crisis. Best, Don Bauder

Sept. 28, 2007

San Diego is facing a water crisis, but it won't hit until next year. The Metropolitan Water District has taken more water from the Colorado and the delta than we currently need for the last few years and is storing 8 billion gallons of water in its giant Diamond Mountain reservoir and regional ground water aquifers. That surplus water is enough to get southern California through the next 12 months.

The real question is what happens after that if the Colorado basin drought persists and if the federal courts cut MWD's delta water supplies by 37%. San Diego county traditionally has taken 25% of MWDs water, but only has legal water rights to 15% of that water. So MWD has the legal rights to cut out water supplies by 40%, before making us take our share of a potential 38% cut in delta water supplies.

If that happens, more conservation won't be enough. Alternatives like wastewater recycling and repurification, and desalinization may start to look a lot better to local residents and voters, and politicians than they do now.

Oct. 3, 2007

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