Faulconer wants Brown to OK funds for water recycling program

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SAN DIEGO – Mayor Kevin Faulconer outlined his request to expedite state assistance for the city of San Diego's Pure Water recycling program.

During a tour of the North City Water Reclamation Plant at 4949 Eastgate Mall Monday, Faulconer will called on the state Water Board to set a fair conservation mandate.

He will meet with Gov. Jerry Brown in Sacramento Tuesday to discuss the drought  and ask for more than $200 million in funding to upgrade a San Diego water treatment facility that can recycle 83 million gallons of water per day.

"We are going to create a local independent water supply for us here in San Diego and lessen our reliance on Los Angeles, when our pure water program is up and running, we're going to have a third of our water supply right here at our own control," said Mayor Faulconer.

Other local members of Congress and elected officials are asking Sacramento to force Northern California water caretakers to share their water with cities like San Diego. The San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce hosted a luncheon Monday to discuss the issue.

It invited lawmakers to share their thoughts on the drought and ideas to help ease the water crunch.

Both Congressman Darrell Issa and Juan Vargas pointed the finger at Sacramento saying it holds the key to clear the way for Northern California to share its water with the southern portion of the state.

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