A conservation group says metro Atlanta has made incremental progress in reducing water use since 2011, but could do more. Atlanta-based Chattahoochee Riverkeeper released the findings as part of a 40-page update to its 2011 report, "Filling the Water Gap: Conservation Successes and Missed Opportunities in Metro Atlanta."
Millions of dollars are vanishing through Georgia's aging and poorly-maintained water infrastructure. Preliminary data from water audits of the state's largest water utilities show, the average utility is losing about $17 million a year because pipes are leaking water and meters aren't counting gallons correctly.
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.
One of the biggest water users in the state, Georgia Power, will open a research center to develop and test conservation technologies. The Water Research Center will be based at Plant Bowen near Cartersville.