Recycling Plan Splits L.A. Residents

A program that would pump treated sewage water into LosAngeles homes after an extensive purification process has fueledcontroversy among city officials and residents.
July 28, 2000, 7am PDT | California 2000
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A program that would pump treated sewage water into LosAngeles homes after an extensive purification process has fueledcontroversy among city officials and residents. The East ValleyReclamation Project finds support as an effective method of waterconservation among city and state water officials, environmentalists andresidents, but some city officials express health concerns surroundingthe "toilet-to-tap" project. Construction of the $55 million pumpingplant that is key to the project is nearly complete, and if the citydoes not utilize the plant, penalties may be incurred as it wasprimarily built with federal and state funds. While a similar programwas shut down by the San Diego City Council in 1999, the Los Angelesprogram includes a more extensive filtration process.

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Published on Sunday, July 23, 2000 in The San Diego Union-Tribune
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