If only we had forced people to have low flow shower heads and toilets we’d be swimming in water. Why not just mandate that people can only take showers once a week? That would save water.
Besides attacking the metro water district, speakers at Wednesday’s news conference also criticized Georgia’s political leaders for not doing enough to foster water conservation.
Rep. Brian Thomas, D-Lilburn, said the influence of “special interests” – specifically, the real estate industry – in 2004 quashed legislation that would have required homeowners to install low-flow plumbing fixtures before they could sell their properties.
“Our leaders have caved in to those interests,” he said.
Rep. Karla Drenner, D-Avondale Estates, the bill’s chief sponsor, said recently that she plans to reintroduce it during this winter’s legislative session.
The main purpose of the press conference was to challenge Gov. Perdue:
ATLANTA – Poor planning by state and regional decision makers is as much to blame for the critical water shortage gripping North Georgia as Mother Nature or the federal government, environmental advocates charged Wednesday.
The Georgia Water Coalition, an alliance of 150 organizations, challenged recent statements by Gov. Sonny Perdue and others that mandatory limits on water use have been forced upon the region because of the drought and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ massive releases of water from depleted Lake Lanier to protect endangered fish downstream in Florida.
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