Use Tax Money Wisely, Invest in Water Efficiency
As a Georgia taxpayer and a citizen concerned about our state’s water resources, I am writing to urge the Water Supply Task Force to include water conservation and efficiency as one of the categories of water supply projects eligible for funding under the Governor’s Water Supply Program.
Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division estimates that water conservation and efficiency measures can cost $0.46 to $250 per 1,000 gallons secured while new reservoirs can cost $4000 per 1,000 gallons secured. The Task Force should align our limited state funds with the most cost-effective water supply projects.
Many Georgia communities are choosing water conservation over expensive infrastructure projects. These communities should have the opportunity to compete for funding under the Governor’s Water Supply Program.
I encourage you to revise the Task Force’s report to the Governor and include water conservation and efficiency projects in this new water supply program.
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