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Poll Shows Disparity Between Drought Danger Awareness, Action

More than two thirds of San Diegans say a possible water shortage is a very serious issue, though only about one third say they've made a big effort to conserve water this summer. A poll out today als

Poll Shows Disparity Between Drought Danger Awareness, Action

More than two thirds of San Diegans say a possible water shortage is a very serious issue, though only about one third say they've made a big effort to conserve water this summer. A poll out today also shows attitudes about recycling sewage to drinking water could change. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

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The poll shows about 50 percent of San Diegans oppose water recycling, sometimes called “toilet to tap.”   Given three options of how to deal with water shortages -- desalination, mandatory rationing and water recycling -- recycling comes last.

But pollster John Nienstedt of Competitive Edge Research says when given more information about water recycling, a significant number of people were willing to change their minds.

<b> Nienstedt </b> : I wouldn't completely count out waste water to well water. They've got somewhat of an open mind at this point because the issue is so serious.

Mayor Jerry Sanders opposes water recycling; the city attorney is for it. Sanders' analysis says it's more expensive than desalination, but environmentalists challenge that.

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The issue will be debated at city hall in two weeks.

Alison St John, KPBS News.