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Wednesday, February 22, 2012 - 1:20pm

Senator Proposes New Water Bill

State senators are considering a bill aimed at capturing water in Georgia before it reaches Tennessee.

Chickamauga Republican Jeff Mullis says his bill would clarify the legality of proposed new reservoirs on north Georgia creeks and rivers.

The Georgia Water Coalition’s Joe Cook says before state officials spend billions on reservoirs they should conserve water first.

"You can get a lot more water for a lot less money through water conservation efficiency and we ought to expend all of those water conservation efficiency measures before we start sinking a lot of money into engineering projects like building reservoirs’ and water transfers."

A State Senate committee plans to take up the bill on Monday.

Republican Senator Jeff Mullis of Chickamauga proposed the bill and he admits he doesn't know how much work it would take to make it happen.