Georgia Senate eyes Tennessee River basin for water supply

Georgia Senate eyes Tennessee River basin for water supply

March 23rd, 2011 by Associated Press in Local - Breaking News

ATLANTA - The state Senate has unanimously approved a study looking into whether Georgia can use parts of the Tennessee River basin as a potential water supply.

Lawmakers have been weighing alternate water sources in the wake of a federal court decision ordering Georgia, Alabama and Florida to work out an agreement to share water by 2012.

According to the resolution passed Tuesday, four north Georgia creeks have an estimated combined flow of at least 130 million gallons per day for eight months of the year. The resolution suggests that water from these creeks could be stored in nearby abandoned rock quarries that could hold billions of gallons, and could be distributed via a pipeline that could be built along a railroad line.