Water is death and life. It is substantial for daily living; a person can only survive with a minimum of 2 quarts of water daily. Why is this important? It has become a hot topic for the upcoming Georgia Governor Race.
Nathan Deal and Roy Barnes are the candidates running for the Governor seat in Georgia. Deal has been faced with the water wars between Alabama, Georgia and Florida having Lake Lanier in his district for 18 years.
Lake Lanier is not far from the Gwinnett County resident’s vicinity. I live in Gwinnett County and can walk down my road into Hall County where Lake Lanier lays. This is a concern from all area residents as it will affect them in the long run whether it is the businesses or homeowners.
Discussions about reservoirs and how to handle the situation have been creating a buzz. September 25, 2010 the two were in discussion on retrieving water from the Savannah River to supply water to the Atlanta area. It was decided yesterday that retrieving water from the Savannah River basin would not be a solution to the problem (Jones, 2010).
The candidates are hoping that the incumbent Governors of the three states will solve the problem of who gets use of the water from Lake Lanier before their time is up. However with approximately one more month until elections, I am not confident that this will happen. Therefore I think that this will become a topic that Georgia residents will pay close attention and listen to solutions that the candidates may propose.
Deal and Barnes have both proposed ideas and the only candidate that has been successful with any movement is Barnes who was able to get the creation of the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District.
The residents that need to open their ears to these discussions are those who live around the Lake Lanier vicinities. The discussion to charge those individuals an intake fee for usage and perhaps a credit for return usage through water treatment plants could have an even greater impact on businesses.
However, it could create a green thumb action in the community putting more awareness on conservation and recycling. When I lived in Germany I noticed how all of the driveways to homes had a deep decline towards the home. It wasn’t until I spoke with a local German resident that I understood. Germans are very conscious about conservation and recycling. Their driveways were created this way so that when it rained the water would always run towards the house. Along the home was a trench-like reservoir where the water would run into and be contained to be used within the home. This water was being used in their toilets. If set up properly the water could be contained in such a way with a boiling mechanism to clean the water for consumption through the faucet or in some cases fridges. It could also be used for showers or washing clothes.
If the government is looking at economic stimulus plans, this is an idea to boost value of homes when homeowners are given money to install this conservation model, the construction company who is building the set up are provided money to do the work, water is being conserved, energy conserved, less arguments between states over who gets use of the water and the government gets the credit…whether it’s a Deal or not.
Jones, Walter. The Augusta Chronicle. Barnes, Deal oppose water transfer Broader policies differ in details. September 26, 2010. http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/government/elections/georgia-elections/2010-09-26/barnes-deal-oppose-water-transfer?v=1285462920