San Diegans Support 'Toilet to Tap' and Desalination

Feb 28, 2013 Full story: Patch.com

Support for adding treated, recycled water to the local drinking supply has grown significantly, but more San Diegans see desalination as the most important method of diversifying water resources, according to a survey presented today to the City Council's Natural Resources and Culture Committee.

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james marple

San Diego, CA

#1 Mar 1, 2013
Should we be surprised that a consultant hired by a committee pushing a pet project would find that 73% of the people polled approved of the project?

Cleaning sewage to make it drinkable is a game played by an army of profiteers and the public servants they collaborate with. Its huge cost cannot be justified so officials and news reporters are fooled-coerced-corrupted so that they ignore alternatives that would provide more, cleaner water at much lower cost.

It takes no special knowledge to recognize that the simplest and cheapest way to meet all City water needs is to guide its rainwater to storage as ordered by the 1945 Legislature. Yet San Diegan's have been trained by schools and news services to ignore alternatives to the failed policies, plans and practices of their public servants. So we are silent while 2 billion of our tax and utility dollars are stolen through government yearly.

A high school student tells me that the 218,880 acres of San Diego receive an average 15 inches of rainfall yearly, 91 billion gallons, and San Diego households use only 28 million gallons yearly. Could this be true?

About 90% of that 91 billion gallons is lost by runoff to the sea.
This wasted water would be guided to small reservoirs in the many hundred canyons throughout the city if the simple planning of Fresno was applied. And that would end flood control work, stream pollution and water importation, saving more than $2 billion yearly.

But this would dramatically reduce the size of our public works department that has fooled politicians into rejecting rainwater storage, so we can't expect managers to testify fully and fairly about this planning even though it is advocated strongly by federal experts. So the City's Natural Resources Committee will keep pushing ridiculous sewage recycling and desalination plans while ignoring the obviously ideal alternative of saving our rain.

San Diego households use about 28 billion gallons yearly, so even in the worst drought years we'd have ample pure cheap rainwater while industrial and irrigation needs are met with recycled sewage. So we know the city is badly served by a committee that will not recognize the excellent models of Fresno and Phoenix, similar metro areas that adopted rainwater conservation many decades ago so that land development saves more rainwater than the new homes use.

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