Saturday, July 25, 2009

Add it up: River of litigation

Posted By on Sat, Jul 25, 2009 at 12:13 PM

Number of years since Buford Dam began operations on the Chattahoochee River, creating Lake Lanier: 53

Number of years since Alabama filed lawsuit that began the “tri-state water wars”: 19

Daily volume of water Atlanta withdraws from Chattahoochee, in million of gallons: 180

Daily volume of water Gwinnett withdraws from Lake Lanier, in million of gallons: 150

Duration of metro Atlanta’s most recent drought, in years: 3

Time between official end of drought and state’s lifting of water restrictions, in months: 2.4

Year that Atlanta’s water demands are projected to exceed river capacity: 2030

Daily per-capita indoor water consumption in metro Atlanta, in gallons: 69

Daily per-capita indoor water consumption for a conserving home, in gallons: 50

Sources: Atlanta Department of Watershed Management, Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper,

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