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Poll Shows Most San Diego County Residents Believe Water Supply Is 'Somewhat Reliable'

San Diego County Water Authority surveyed 816 residents.

Concerns over the reliability and cost of San Diego County's water supply have eased in the past three years, according to a survey released Thursday.

The poll of 816 area residents conducted for the San Diego County Water Authority found that 76 percent believe the local water supply was at least somewhat reliable, compared to 65 percent in 2009—in the midst of a drought.

Just 8 percent of respondents ranked water issues as their top concern, compared to 18 percent three years earlier. The economy and government fiscal problems both ranked higher among their chief worries.

Nearly 30 percent felt water reliability issues were worsening, compared to 48 percent who felt that way in 2009.

"Providing our region's 3.1 million residents and $186 billion economy with a safe, reliable water supply is a complex and often difficult job, and this data shows that the public's awareness of regional water issues and their support for paying for those investments are high," Water Authority Board Chairman Michael Hogan said.

Among other findings:

  • 16 percent of the respondents said recycling water is the most critical diversification measure, compared to 25 percent last year, yet 71 percent believe irrigation water can be treated further to make it safe for drinking;
  • 33 percent chose ocean water desalination as their main priority for diversification, up from 28 percent in 2011, and more than 80 percent said the process was important;
  • 95 percent consider it their civic duty to use water efficiently, up from 92 percent last year;
  • 54 percent think the cost of water is fair or reasonable, compared to 40 percent in 2011, while the share of those who believe water to be too expensive fell by 12 points; and
  • 62 percent believe it will be necessary to increase rates to maintain reliability, up from 40 percent last year.

The poll conducted by Rea & Parker Research last month has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.4 percent.

-City News Service

Ella Quince August 24, 2012 at 03:40 AM
I always wonder why are we importing fresh water from across the desert to water lawns and flush toilets??
Sarah Riccitelli August 24, 2012 at 08:33 PM
@ Ella- Ditto on the lawns. But I prefer flush able toilets to outhouses thank you.
sheeple herder August 25, 2012 at 03:03 PM
I love this scam. Chicken little says there's no water, there's no water!!! Yet they want to build on every patch of dirt possible? There's golf courses everywere, The sprinklers are watering the freeways constantly, and when we conserve, they raise the rates crying they didn't sell enough water because of the conservation efforts. The politicians need to get their LIES straight. I'm hoping the sheep are finally starting to see through the lies....? Somehow I doubt it though...
Jay Berman August 27, 2012 at 04:42 PM
The ONLY answer is desal ... we can have a droughtproof supply of high quality water .. sure, it will be a bit more expensive - we should also use recycled water irrigation and other uses ..
Censorship? August 27, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Jennifer Vigil - Why are you not printing comments on the Mansion Mysteries that support that Rebecca Zahau committed suicide because she hurt Max Shacknai? Why are you only printing comments that state the Shacknais or Romanos killed RZ, when they have been cleared by police and her death ruled a suicide? Why don't you care about the death of a little 6-year old boy???

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