San Diego Moving Ahead on Recycled Water Program

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SAN DIEGO (AP) - The nation's eighth-largest city is moving ahead with efforts to use recycled wastewater for drinking supplies - a project that critics had long blasted as "toilet to tap."

U-T San Diego says the City Council last week voted to pursue plans for a recycling plant that would purify 15 million gallons of city wastewater daily. A 22-mile pipeline would bring it to a reservoir for mixing with other water.

A final vote is expected in about a year and the plant could take another decade to build.

A million-gallon-a-day demonstration project has been online for two years. In a recent poll, 73 percent of those surveyed favored the process.

Authorities say easing safety concerns coupled with worries about water shortages and rising rates may have helped change public opinion.

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