The state house today passed water conservation legislation paving the way for Governor Perdue to sign it into law. Under the provision outdoor watering is limited to the hours of 4:00 pm and 10:00 am. Farms and gardens are exempt.
The law requires high efficiency plumbing fixtures like toilets, shower heads, and faucets, in new construction. It also includes other voluntary water saving measures.
Georgia wants to show neighboring Alabama and Florida that it is serious about water conservation. The move could send good will to the tri-state water talks.
A federal judge has given Georgia 3 years to find a water sharing agreement with its neighbors or lose Lake Lanier as a water source for Metro Atlanta.