The Case For Water Efficiency: Atlanta’s Creative Loafing MagazineBy
In July, a federal court ruling declared that the Atlanta metropolitan region was never authorized by Congress to use Lake Lanier as a source for drinking water. The nation’s eighth largest metro standard to lose it’s largest source of drinking water in 2012, unless the state can convince Congress to authorize the continued use of Lake Lanier for drinking water.
This article from Atlanta’s Creative Loafing magazine cites statistics from American Rivers that the region could save up to 210 million gallons per day–approximately the same amount drawn from Lake Lanier–by:
– Offering rebates on high efficiency toilet and faucets.
– Investing to fix leaky pipes.
– Encouraging different landscaping that requires less water use.
The article notes that the state’s own estimates find that conservation would be 27 times cheaper than building new reservoirs.
High-efficiency fixtures also save money for homeowners. Know your local water rate? Enter it into the American Standard Water Savings calculator to see just how much.