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South Florida communities can no longer afford — and soon won't be permitted — to waste their wastewater.

But their solutions have to contend with the "ick" factor.

The idea that water flushed down the toilet will end up on their lawns or be injected underground to find its way back into their drinking water still leaves many people uneasy.

Paul Webb, whose Harbor Village neighborhood was the first to be connected to Pompano Beach's reuse water lines, has heard comments from people who think the reuse water stinks, or they're worried about getting it on their clothes or car, or are concerned about how it might affect their children or pets.

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