Augusta water going to Atlanta?

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News 12 First at Five, October 23, 2007

AUGUSTA, Ga. - With water levels dropping by the day, saving our water is important in more ways than one.

"Right now Augusta fortunately is not in a bad situation," said Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver.

At least not as bad as other parts of the state. Eighty-five counties in Northern Georgia have been declared disaster areas. That does not include Richmond, Columbia or Burke counties. But if things continue drying out pretty soon you may not be able to wash your car or water your lawn.

And because other cities are even drier than we are, they want to take our water. Mayor Copenhaver is fighting against that.

"The great concern for Augusta is inter-basin transfers with regards to how that plan plays itself out," he said. "There is the future plan to pipe water out to Atlanta to fuel its future growth. I don't agree with that. I'm fighting against that."

State leaders say Atlanta is going to need extra water to cushion their expected growth. But Copenhaver says Augusta is growing too and we need to keep our water.

"This is a very complex plan, but I'm out there advocating to try to discourage Atlanta or any major metropolitan area from causing our growth as a city to be hindered," he said.

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