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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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