Friday, November 18, 2011

Water task force supports regional reservoirs, says little (if anything) about conservation

Posted By on Fri, Nov 18, 2011 at 10:12 AM

Rather than first making sure that the state's plugged all the leaky pipes and curbed wasteful water use, it should disrupt sensitive ecosystems, dig massive holes in the ground, and spend lots and lots of cash. OK, got it. Dorie Turner at the Associated Press reports:

The [Georgia Water Supply Task Force] wants to spend $300 million that Deal has promised to expand water supply by building multi-million reservoirs, reopening inactive wells or drilling new wells. The state should offer loans to cities and towns for such projects, the task force said.

"We view this program as a compliment to the conservation efforts that are already in place," task force chairman Kevin Clark said.

The plan is available for public comment until Dec. 7.

But critics of the state's plan say existing water systems should be made more efficient first before the state puts money into building new reservoirs. The task force's plan does not call for any money to be spent on conservation efforts.

"That's a grave mistake because that's where we can get the most bang for our dollar," said Joe Cook, executive director and riverkeeper at the Coosa River Basin Initiative.

Want to read or comment on the plan? Here ya go. The deadline to submit your opinion is Dec. 5.

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