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Tampa council members to revisit "toilet to tap" idea

A proposal to convert Tampa's wastewater into drinking water is back on tap.

City Councilman Charlie Miranda, who never shies from taking a controversial stand on water and energy issues, said he plans to ask his fellow council members to support a move to put the controversial question on the ballot in the 2011 municipal elections.

"I want the citizens to decide," Miranda said. "After all, they'll be the ones drinking it."

Miranda's proposal, to be discussed at an upcoming council workshop, calls for building a new treatment plant to purify effluent to drinkable quality, then inject it into the ground before it flows into the Hillsborough River, the city's primary source of drinking water.

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