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Mayor outlines drought plan before meeting Gov.

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Mayor Faulconer will meet with Governor Jerry Brown on Tuesday to discuss how San Diego will deal with the on-going drought.

The mayor will request money from the state to help speed up the city's plans for a water recycling program.

Mayor Faulconer said one of the answers in fighting the drought is in the city's pure water program. A facility that turns recycled water, into drinking water.

"Right now we're doing about a million gallons a day. It works. Our pure water program will create 83 million gallons a day, and when we do that we're going to create a local, independent water supply for us here in San Diego," said the mayor.

The program needs to be expanded in several phases with a price tag of $2.7 billion.

"We have less water in this fourth year of the drought than we certainly had before. We may even have less going forward," said the governor. 

Governor Brown has met with state lawmakers on how to deal with the drought, and on Tuesday, Mayor Faulconer will make his case for funding the water recycling program.

"It's the right thing to do for the environment. The right thing to do from a sustainable stand point. and I'm going to be working as best I can to make sure we get expedited approval process, and we get access to state bond money that will allow us to move forward with construction," said the mayor.

Some have nick named the recycled water, toilet to tap, but city officials said whatever people decide to call it, it is a necessity.

"This is really critical to the region. Right now we don't have a very good source for local drinking water. Our water shed only makes up ten-percent of our drinking water. The rest is imported," said John Helminski, Assistant Director for Public Utilities Department.

Once the project is completed, recycled water will make up a third of the city's drinking water.

"It's something we have to move forward with so we have the ability to help control our own destiny when it comes to water," said the mayor.

Mayor Faulconer will outline his request to the governor on Tuesday at the state capital.

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