Asses to Glasses.

That, dear readers, is the winner of‘s inaugural Come Up With a Funny Name for Sewage Recycling Contest.

A travel mug goes to reader Frank Pruett.

We had an impressive number of responses, and thanks to everyone for taking the time to come up with a witty bunch of names. Here are the other finalists:

  • Poop to Soup.
  • Toilet Bowl to Pie Hole.
  • Fecal Sequel.
  • Quench with Stench.

Indirect potable reuse (as supporters call it) or toilet-to-tap (according to opponents) is the practice of treating sewage so it’s clean enough to put into drinking-water reservoirs, turning sewage into a local water source.

Proponents say it is a valuable new water supply that will reduce the amount of sewage dumped in the Pacific Ocean; opponents such as Mayor Jerry Sanders have rejected the practice as too expensive and not publicly accepted.

Both sides have plenty of names for the issue, both complicated and colorful.

Though Sanders had vetoed a pilot study of sewage recycling, the City Council overrode him Monday, advancing a pilot study of the plan to fill San Vicente Reservoir with treated sewage.


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