Water pressure

State's water crisis should loom large on gubernatorial candidates' radar

The 14 candidates in the Georgia governor's race may have vastly different platforms, but they all have at least one thing in common with constituents.

They all drink water.

And they better have some commonsense plans to deal with the state's water crisis.

Officials no longer can kick the can -- or, rather, the canteen -- down the road. Georgia needs more water options. Now. A federal judge's ruling prohibits metro Atlanta from drawing water from Lake Lanier beginning in July 2012. The huge city will need water from somewhere.

The Savannah River Basin that supplies Augusta could be that somewhere.

Interbasin transfers could move vast quantities of water from the Savannah River to metro Atlanta. Officially that's illegal, and Gov. Sonny Perdue's water task force omitted that option from its final report last December.

But whatever is done legislatively can be undone with enough muscle. And if metro Atlanta's water district is someday allowed to siphon millions of gallons of water daily out of the Savannah, it would create an ecological and commercial nightmare for the CSRA.

Candidates, take note: Georgia's next governor needs a sound, practical strategy to best satisfy the water needs of Atlanta without parching Augusta. Don't leave voters high and dry.

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