Perdue in Augusta talking water conservation

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News 12 at 6 o'clock, September 18, 2007

EVANS, Ga. - Mother Nature needs your help. Turning the water off in your home can help conserve the Savannah River.

Gov. Sonny Perdue wants to launch a campaign to teach you more ways to protect the CSRA's main water source.

"We've got to have a communications education process starting from young to old--simply like we did with seat belts and forest fires. I mean those campaigns went on for years. I think as we begin to educate people on water conservation, we can make a big impact," Perdue said.

Perdue says it's the little things, like turning the water off while you're brushing your teeth and making sure faucets aren't left dripping, that can save millions of gallons of water in the long run.

"I think as a culture we've got to start learning how to use it smartly," he said. "It's not infinite."

Perdue says more than nine million people use the Savannah, and in 30 years that number will double.

"As Georgia grows, in particular the rate that we've been growing, the challenges are going to get greater and greater, and we can't wait until we get in crises to develop a plan."

The first step of the plan is letting you make the effort to save water. Perdue says if that doesn't work, you may start to feel the pinch in your wallet.

"Possibly things like reverse pricing--the more you use, the more it costs," he said.

The river's not a bottomless bucket, and Perdue says it's your civic duty to protect it.

"We all have an obligation to leave it better than we found it. My father told me if you take care of the land, it'll take care of you..and that includes water."

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