Monday, December 3, 2007

We're audacious, we're independent, we're saving our water with style (Updated)

Posted By on Mon, Dec 3, 2007 at 11:09 PM

Note: The city sent a corrected release. Officials say water use by Atlantans dropped 10 percent compared to last year, meeting Mayor Shirley Franklin's goal. The city didn't meet Gov. Sonny Perdue's goal for all jurisdictions drawing water from the Chattahoochee River to cut their water use by 10 percent compared to Dec. 2006-March 2007. Compared to that baseline average, customers only reduced water by 7 percent. Waiting on word from the state Dept. of Natural Resources if there's a fine or any type of restriction if that goal isn't met. We'll keep you updated.

Mayor Shirley Franklin applauded the city today for its recent reductions in water use, but emphasized that the changes in behavior shouldn't be viewed as just a temporary measure.

Compared to this time last year, water use by Atlantans and other city customers dropped 7 percent 10 percent. Customers used 94.18 million gallons per day in November. In Nov. 2006, daily usage was 105.58 million gallons. The city credits the drop-off to conservation, high-density development and water-efficient construction.

Speak it through a press release, Ms. Mayor:

“I congratulate Atlantans on their efforts so far and encourage them to keep looking for new ways to conserve water,” Mayor Franklin said. “We all need to begin to see conservation not as a temporary inconvenience but as a way of life.”

While I applaud the mayor's recognition of high-density development as a smarter way for the city to grow, I can't help but wonder if there was that much change in where people live to justify a shift in the numbers. Also, Fairburn, Union City, Hapeville, Sandy Springs and Coweta, Clayton, Fayette and unincorporated Fulton counties are included as city-water customers. Aren't there a lot more lawns going without water in those areas than there are people filling up high-density developments?

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