The politics of water in Georgia

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Georgia eases outdoor water
schedules

Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue announced on June 10 that due to
significant rainfall and improved water supplies the Ga. Environmental Protection Division has issued a non-drought
schedule for outdoor water use for the 1st time since June 2006. Under a
non-drought schedule, outdoor water use is allowed 3 days a week on assigned
days using odd and even-numbered addresses. This is the 1st change since May
2008 when 55 north Georgia counties were under a level 4 drought response, which
prohibited most types of outdoor water use. Overall, north Georgians averaged
monthly water savings of about 15%t since November 2007. Ga. Green Industry Assoc. and its members have partnered with the
Governor and the governor's mansion staff to landscape a portion of the mansion.
Prior to the drought, economic impact of the state's green industry was
estimated to be in excess of $8 billion annually with over 75,000 people
employed by industry firms. The effects of the drought and of the subsequent
economic downturn on the industry have been estimated at over $1 billion in lost
sales and the loss of 25,000 jobs.