Thu., August 13, 2009 6:01pm (EDT)

State Senator Urges Governor to Build Reservoirs Now
By Melissa Stiers
Updated: 5 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
State Senator Chip Pearson says Georgia should build reservoirs now.  (photo: Georgia State Senate)
State Senator Chip Pearson says Georgia should build reservoirs now. (photo: Georgia State Senate)
State Senator Chip Pearson of 51st District is urging Governor Sonny Perdue to build reservoirs now.

In a news release, he recapped the federal ruling that Atlanta has no water rights to the Lake Lanier reservoir it depends on for its water supply, saying it could leave 3 million people without drinking water.

Pearson said the time for action is now, regardless of the ultimate outcome of the ruling—the state plans to appeal it—and the impending negotiations among the states. He urged Perdue to create a three year water plan to meet Georgia’s future water needs.

Pearson outlined a strategy to create the new reservoirs, including streamlining the permitting process and designating a “huge portion” of next year’s state budget for their development.