State's water crisis is far from over

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Regarding the story "Courts say atlanta may tap reservoir" (June 29):

My eyes always widen whenever I see a news article concerning the current water wars in Georgia. I'm guessing that apathy toward the crisis will continue until the reality of it hits us in our daily lives. Then Augusta will rear its collective ugly head and scream for the heads of those who allowed it to happen. In short, we the citizens of Augusta are "those" doing the allowing.

A federal judge gave Atlanta permission to tap into Lake Lanier -- a vital reservoir of the Chattahoochee Basin -- at the expense of its downstream neighbors, Florida and Alabama. It doesn't take a genius to figure out that this newest turn of events is only a temporary solution to Atlanta's future needs. And guess who is going to be the next "downstream neighbor"?

In general, we as a state waste so much water it is heart-breaking.

I'm happy with regulations on lawn care maintenance and quick-flow toilets. However, these simple measures are merely the thin crust on a delicate pie. Our entire Georgia community must start thinking ahead about conservation, including regulations on construction and licensing for car wash businesses.

The folks in Atlanta are out of solutions for water -- at the least, desperate -- and our starving state capital better get prepared for it. If not, the political and judicial system will begin tapping into the Savannah River Basin, and this will be disastrous for all Georgia and South Carolina citizens that depend upon the bounty of our river.

No matter what pledges are made by the powers-that-be, when crunch time comes, they will say "sorry" about the needs of Athens, Augusta and Savannah, and start tapping into any water supply that suits their fancy. All it will take is a handful of vote-seeking politicos to turn the wheels and push for raping the Savannah River Basin. And I seriously doubt there are any federal judges who are willing to allow Atlanta to, so to speak, go down the drain.

It's time, Augusta. Ten years isn't far away. As taxpaying, voting citizens, it is time to pay attention. This isn't an issue about a baseball stadium, or closing a chunk of Laney-Walker Boulevard or building a convention center. This is about the quality of your lives and the lives of your children. It will be a sad day when our household water use is regulated through a meter, and a gallon of drinking water at Kroger costs more than a gallon of milk.

Please speak up while you still have time.

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robaroo 07/08/11 - 06:59 am
I can't imagine any of the

I can't imagine any of the local politicians agreeing to let Atlanta steal water out of the Savannah River. That would be political suicide.

But, I can see Atlanta with its larger population trying to strong arm the theft. That would get tied up in court for years.

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yu nah ee tah 07/08/11 - 11:42 am
Water is life. Water is the

Water is life. Water is the soul source of our collective energy on many levels. Our water energy will be stolen first, not by the Chattahoochee, but by many outside our basin as it will be wasted to make kilowatts. Pitiful few kilowatts for thousands of acre feet of water. Our Savannah River lakes are going to suddenly drop by feet in the next few weeks in the midst of yet another severe Georgia/South Carolina drought. Why? For money to send to the Potomac general fund black hole. Other electrically networked river basins are at flood stage. Those turbines are working 24/7. That money should be enough but there is never enough money for DC. The kinetic energy in our water is going to leave us, only through the transmission lines, not pipelines. If you cannot feel this happening, go listen to the river.

socks99 07/08/11 - 01:31 pm
The writer makes some good

The writer makes some good points but then he scares me when he begins a general rundown of the state and opines that our wastage of water is 'heartbreaking.' OK, maybe, but isn't this grist for unelected technocrats to go about 'doing things' to the general public in their self-interested and self-centered bid to control every ones' lives?

In fact, 'water politics' are not unfamiliar in American and much of the history of the West is colored by them. Generally speaking, GA has more water than, say, Nevada, and always will have. Yes, there will be problems, but those problems will be solved at the local level. For instance, if half the homes in GA had even partial rainwater catchment basins, we'd instantly enlarge our water supply. It can be fixed, it will be fixed, and me thinks the alarmist rhetoric is mostly designed to hand authority to the usual unelected PC liberal technocrats.

Riverman1 07/08/11 - 06:24 pm
I'll make a deal with y'all.

I'll make a deal with y'all. I won't wash my car if you don't wash yours.

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