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Accurate water usage counts are needed

July 28, 2004

Thomasville - The Department of Natural Resources is mapping out irrigation systems in Thomas County to determine how much water is being used in this part of the state.

State Senator John Bulloch says, "We can get the accurate numbers on how much usage of water we've got by aquifers and by river basins or sub-basins."

"It's to the farmer's advantage that we have accurate figures," says Extension Agent Don Clark. "It's going to protect their rights to use the water and it may allow other people to get permits."

There's a moratorium on well permits in the lower Flint River Basin Region. By turning in an accurate count on water usage, the moratorium may be lifted.

Farmers in Thomas County have until next Friday, August 6th, to map their wells.

posted at 4:49PM by karen.collier@walb.com