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The City Council voted 5-3 to reject Councilwoman Sherri Lightner’s request to revoke a $438,000 contract that’s a key part of the city’s examination of recycled sewage as a drinking-water source.

Lightner, Carl DeMaio and Tony Young voted in favor of revoking the contract; Donna Frye, Todd Gloria, Marti Emerald, Ben Hueso and Kevin Faulconer supported maintaining it.

Faulconer, who has opposed sewage recycling in previous votes, served as the swing vote. His spokesman said yesterday that Faulconer didn’t support reneging on an already issued contract.

While some sewage recycling proponents worry that Lightner’s request signals an end to their once solid majority on the council, Lightner said she does support the concept so long as it comes with “fiscal responsibility and public health protections.”

ROB DAVIS

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