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The Mayor of San Diego has vetoed the City Council's plan for what's called "Indirect Potable Reuse," the recycling of sewage to make it part of the water supply, also called—somewhat misleadingly--"toilet to tap."  Meanwhile, IPR is coming to Orange County this Friday in a big way. Also, what happens to LA County's already recycled water, and the Santa Monica City Council goes up against the FAA.


Banner image: San Diego’s Conceptual Indirect Potable Reuse Process Diagram

Producers:
Dan Konecky
Frances Anderton

Reporter's Notebook Where Does Recycled Water Flow in LA? 4 MIN, 25 SEC

This is LA's driest year on record, but there is a surprising amount of water flowing down the Los Angeles River and out to sea. There's also tie in to what we've just been talking about. Millions of gallons of wastewater from local treatment plants have no place else to go.  Deborah Schoch is weekend reporter for the Los Angeles Times.

Guests:
Deborah Schoch, Reporter, Los Angeles Times

Making News Santa Monica versus the FAA 5 MIN, 29 SEC

The Santa Monica City Council voted 7-to-nothing to ban passenger jets at the Santa Monica Airport, but that’s easier said than done. Brian Bland is part of the Airport Committee of the Friends of Sunset Park Neighborhood Association.

Guests:
Brian Bland, Member of the Airport Committee, Friends of Sunset Park Neighborhood Association

Main Topic Down the Drain and Up Again 14 MIN, 32 SEC

The current dry spell is likely to continue for a long time to come, and Southern California's water supply is also being reduced by legal demands on the Colorado River and environmental issues in northern California. On Friday, Orange County will turn on the world's largest plant devoted to purifying waste water out of the sewer. Despite the cliché, though, it won't go right to the tap. The Mayor of San Diego vetoed its City Council's plan for what's called "Indirect Potable Reuse" or IPR.  That's the recycling of sewage to make it part of the water supply, also called—somewhat misleadingly—"toilet to tap." We hear more about Orange County's IPR program and why San Diego's mayor turned it down.

Guests:
Michael Wehner, Assistant General Manager, Orange County Water District
Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times (@LATsandiego)

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