Two NE Ga. water suppliers recognized by governor

19 09 2008

 

Access North Atlanta

ATLANTA – Governor Sonny Perdue has recognized the city of Clarkesville and the Upper Oconee Basin Water Authority for their water reduction efforts. During his environmental address at the Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful luncheon, Perdue recognized several municipalities, communities and industries who have shown a significant reduction in water use.

“I am proud to see so many Georgia communities and businesses cutting back on water usage during this unprecedented drought. Whether a large company, a small business or a family, Georgians stepped up in droves during this difficult time,” Perdue said.

“Georgians are making conservation a part of their daily routine, being more conscientious than ever before about what they consume. We are growing, and while that growth brings challenges we find ourselves moving in the right direction, focused collectively on making a difference for our state.”

In October 2007, Perdue directed the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) to achieve a 10 percent reduction in withdrawals for permit holders in the 61 North Georgia counties. Permit holders were asked to reduce water withdrawals by 10 percent compared to the permit holder’s water usage of December 2006 through the end of March 2007.

The city of Clarkesville pumps water from the Soque River, a tributary to the Chattahoochee River in its upper reaches. In addition to improving its connections with neighboring water systems to improve system reliability, initiating efforts to improve its ability to withdraw water from the Soque, and improved leak detection, repair and metering efforts, the city has demonstrated remarkable success in getting its customers to reduce their water use. On average, Clarkesville managed to reduce its water use by 23 percent between November 2007 and July 2008 when compared to the same period a year ago.

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