North Georgia’s recent success in meeting Gov. Sonny Perdue’s 10 percent water conservation order can mostly be attributed to two little-known companies.
If it weren’t for two off-line hydroelectric plants in Clarke and Newton counties, operated by Fall Line Hydro Co. and Porterdale Hydroelectric, respectively, North Georgia wouldn’t have achieved Perdue’s order.
Overall, North Georgia water users in 61 counties had to cut back 230 million gallons a day to meet Perdue’s target.
Water reports for November showed they reduced by 348 million gallons a day, or about 15 percent, Perdue said.
But state records analyzed by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution showed that more than half the reduction came because these two hydroelectric plants were not operating in November. The plants, which used an average of 218 million gallons a day last winter, did not use any water last month. If those two plants were factored out, water reduction in North Georgia would have been about 6 percent