The politics of water in Georgia


Georgia eases outdoor water

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.