City Council unanimously passes Lightner water policy conservation plan
City News Service
The San Diego City Council last week unanimously passed a
set of water policies that will guide the panel in future decisions regarding
conservation, sources and rates.
“This policy is a critical first step in taking control over our water
destiny,” said Councilwoman Sherri Lightner, who spent the past six months
developing the plan.
She said the council had no coherent water strategy, and the policies
that did exist were obsolete, failing to mention new technology or public-
“That is untenable because a sustainable water supply is critical to
our quality of life and our economy,” Lightner said.
She said the plan updates conservation policies, provides incentives to
reduce wasteful water use and encourages the development of desalination and
recycling as water sources.
The policy calls for:
– regular updates from the mayor’s office on current and future water
– developing a water supply and conservation implementation plan with
priorities, goals, timelines and benchmarks;
– making water supply a factor in land use decisions;
– assisting business in innovations that increase the water supply and
– establishing tiered rates for single-family homes to encourage
– reducing the city’s reliance on imported water.
There was no opposition to Lightner’s plan from the council or the public.
The City Council plans to appoint a task force to implement the new
policy, which will be reviewed every five years.
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