It’s because of the power.

So much for government intervention.

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


  1. StevePerkins says:

    Have you not been reading the sense of entitlement in Peach Pundit discussion… the worse the water crisis gets, the less justified it is that *I* should have to do anything to change or conserve? I’m astounded that water reduction would have been as large as 6 percent! The state of Georgia come across like a sketch comedy skit on some issues (i.e. pretty much all issues that pit individual convenience against responsible community policy).

  2. Jmac says:

    Forget the fact that Athens-Clarke County had already reduced its consumption by more than 25 percent, the most in the region, prior to the governor’s order.

  3. We have had two good rains in middle georgia in the last few days and have water to spare, except in the River.

    Just move some State Government jobs down this way and the water & ATL traffic crisis will be alleviated.

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