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Creating an Affordable and Sustainable Water Supply

From her Comprehensive Water Policy to her advocacy to increase graywater usage in San Diego, Sherri has proven herself a leader in the city's ongoing efforts to create an affordable and sustainable water supply.

To maintain our quality of life and grow the local economy, Sherri knows San Diego needs an affordable and sustainable water supply. Because of that fact, she crafted the city's Comprehensive Water Policy to serve as a blueprint to create a reliable local water supply.

The key tenet of this policy is that San Diego needs to use every tool in the tool box from conservation to new technologies like desalination and advanced water treatment to regional collaboration. To find out more about the Comprehensive Water Policy.

In 2012, the City Council approved the formation of the Water Policy Implementation Task Force, which is charged with coming up with an action plan for the policy as well as developing goals, timelines and measurements for success. To learn more about the Task Force.

The all-inclusive approach to water reliability also includes bolstering conservation efforts by increasing graywater usage in single family residences. Graywater systems allow untreated wastewater from a home's washing machine, bathtubs, showers and sinks to be recycled on-site for such uses as outdoor irrigation. These systems are widely used in San Francisco, Phoenix and Santa Barbara. In April 2013, the City Council unanimously approved Sherri's policy proposals that are designed to streamline permitting for residential graywater systems and boost awareness.