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Getting it clean
During the 1990s, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power spent $55 million to build a water-recycling system that would introduce treated wastewater into the underground drinking water supply. Community concern and political pressure killed the project in 2000 just when it was about to begin operation.
Now Mayor Antonion Villaragigosa wants L.A. to revive plans to supplement the drinking water supply with recycled water — albeit with a few tweaks.