The City Council will decide today whether to override Mayor Jerry Sanders’ veto of a plan to recycle treated sewage as a drinking water source.

The council, which approved a pilot study of the practice — toilet-to-tap to opponents, water reuse to supporters — needs five votes to overturn the veto. That’s the same number of votes the council approved the measure with in late October.

The council voted to have Sanders and his staff carry out a pilot study of water recycling by July and to analyze the flow and holding capabilities of San Vicente Reservoir, where the recycled water would be held.

Under the program, some sewage normally treated and dumped in the Pacific Ocean would be diverted, treated and piped into the reservoir. It would give San Diego a new supply of local water and decrease the amount of sewage dumped into the ocean. But the mayor has argued that the practice is too costly. Even the pilot study, Sanders has said, would require an increase in water rates. But Sanders has been unable to spell out the exact costs of the pilot study.

We here at voice headquarters have been joking about the many monikers for water reuse today. We’re offering an official travel mug to the reader who comes up with the best moniker for indirect potable water reuse — the bureaucratic term for recycling sewage.

You need to come up with something new and funny. Extra points for alliteration. No name calling, and no four-letter words. Here’s an impartial list of names we’ve already compiled:

Water reuse. Sewage recycling. Reservoir augmentation. Toilet-to-tap. Feces-to-faucet. Sewage-to-spigot. Backside-to-frontside.


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