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OPINION: Now is Not the Time to Stop Conserving Water

The San Diego County Water Authority has such an oversupply of drinking water that it just dumped half a billion gallons into a lake. The Sierra snowpack is 130 percent of normal, its greatest total in five years. And rainstorms will continue to drench parts of California off and on for months.

But now is not the time to ease up on water conservation efforts, in San Diego or elsewhere.


So we applaud this week’s sensible action by the State Water Resources Control Board. The agency extended the state’s emergency conservation mandate through October while easing restrictions on water suppliers to account for regional differences in climate, population growth and new supplies in places such as San Diego County, where a desalination plant just opened in Carlsbad.

If You’re Not Drinking Treated Sewer Water, You Soon Will Be

In the wake of drought and environmental concerns, more water agencies in California and across the West are finding a new water source for human consumption in an unexpected place: the sewer.


The treated sewer water isn’t going directly to your tap after treatment. In most cases, it’s put into an aquifer and withdrawn later — years later.