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SD Councilmember Urges Stronger Stance On Water

— For a city that talks so much about water -- how much it costs, how much we have, how much we need to save -- you'd think San Diego would have some pretty solid water policies. But it doesn't, really.

Councilwoman Sherri Lightner said what the city has is a patchwork of water guidelines that sometimes contradict each other. That's why she's proposing a comprehensive policy for a sustainable water supply. Lightner said she was surprised to find there wasn't already one in place to track things like reclaimed water pumped through purple pipes.

"I started into it when I was doing something on purple pipe. I thought, oh, for sure we must keep track of when we let people use non-potable water on a development," she said.

But Lightner discovered the city was not keeping track of such thing. So she decided to craft a policy that would take various things into account. For example, Lightner's policy addresses things like water quality and how climate change might affect the water supply.

Lightner will present her plan to the Independent Rate Oversight Commission Tuesday. A city council commission will consider her proposal next month.

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brixsy | February 22, 2011 at 7:22 a.m. ― 5 years, 11 months ago

So glad that San Diego has Sherri, she never dismisses an issue out of hand.

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kevinnelson | February 22, 2011 at 11:23 a.m. ― 5 years, 11 months ago

For any local official, one very obvious thing to do would be to not approve new housing developments. Its ludicrous that san diego okayed a large tract in Ramona a few months ago while the water supply is not adequate for current population. Not to mention, that there is no open space for our mental health, nature's health and kids adventure.

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Clvrgrl7 | February 22, 2011 at 2:51 p.m. ― 5 years, 11 months ago

I agree 100% with kevinnelson above. It should be a criminal offense to build anymore additional housing, or anything else that doesn't explicitly support the current population. I don't really believe we have a planning commission, either that or they have been on vacation for the last 7 years!

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