The San Diego City Council has voted to overturn Mayor Jerry Sanders’ veto of a wastewater recycling program by a vote of 5-3. Councilmen Kevin Faulconer, Tony Young and Brian Maienschein were opposed.

A one-year pilot program will start in July to study the use of recycled wastewater to supplement San Diego’s drinking water supply. Water re-use is already being used successfully in many places in the U.S., including Orange County.

This vote was an important step forward in solving water source issues in San Diego, which is facing curtailments from the Colorado River and Sacramento River Delta sources.

Our next step is helping to educate the public about the safety of using recycled waterwater.