California cities consider recycling water for drinking

Nov 18, 2014 11:24 AM by News Staff

SAN DIEGO (AP) - San Diego is joining other California cities that are taking a closer look at recycling wastewater for drinking as the state suffers from severe drought.

The City Council is scheduled to vote Tuesday to advance a plan to produce 83 million gallons of recycled water a day by 2035, an estimated one-third of the city's water supply. The plan enjoys broad support, including from Mayor Kevin Faulconer and major environmental groups.

The Orange County Water District in Southern California has recycled wastewater for drinking since 2008 and is expanding production to 100 million gallons a day from 70 million. The Santa Clara Valley Water District in the San Francisco Bay area is also considering the idea.

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