A proposed plan to help Georgians use water more efficiently was
released yesterday and is available for public review and comment. The Water
Conservation Implementation Plan (WCIP), developed by the Environmental
Protection Division (EPD) of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources
(DNR), will serve as a guide for Georgia business owners, farmers,
homeowners, water service providers, and government officials.

"The ultimate goal of water conservation is not to discourage water use, but
to maximize the benefit from each gallon used," said EPD Director Carol A.
Couch. "This plan can guide Georgians toward more efficient and sustainable
water use to help ensure that our water resources can continue to support
growth and prosperity while maintaining healthy natural systems."

The Comprehensive Statewide Water Management Plan and Governor Sonny Perdue,
by Executive Order, called on the DNR to develop the WCIP with assistance
from other agencies and our state's diverse water users. Seven teams of
volunteers were organized by major water use sector, including agricultural
irrigation, industrial and commercial water use, domestic and nonindustrial
public use, electric generation, golf course water use, landscape irrigation
and state agency water use.

The volunteer teams were asked to help generate materials and data used in
the development of the draft plan, to review information and to provide
feedback on elements of the plan. The volunteers represented diverse groups
including business owners, public water providers, industries, environmental
organizations, state agencies, local governments and chambers of commerce.

Featured elements of the WCIP include sectorspecific water conservation
goals, benchmarks, best practices and implementation actions designed to
reduce water waste, water loss, and, where necessary, water use.

The plan is available for review and comment at<>.
Comments can be submitted electronically at that web site or sent by
conventional mail to the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, 2 Martin
Luther King Jr. Drive, Suite 1152 East Tower, Atlanta, Georgia, 30334 to the
attention of Arnettia Murphy. EPD will accept public comments on the draft
plan through January 31, 2009.

Contact: Alice Miller Keyes (404) 656-4713
News Media Contact: Kevin Chambers (404) 651-7970

Dr. Teri Hamlin
North Region Agriculture Education
Georgia Department of Education
204C Four Towers University of Georgia
Athens, Ga 30602
706-542-3679 / 706-540-0032
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