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March 27, 2008

Albany -- South Georgia Water Policy leaders say the drought proved this part of the state is blessed with water and needs to develop and conserve the valuable resource.

 South Georgia Water experts say more than two and a half billion gallons of water flows through Albany everyday in the Flint River. South Georgia uses less than two percent of that amount of water each year.

Flint Water Policy Center Director Mark Masters says South Georgia aquifers recharged quickly. Now the community needs to determine how to best use that water for economic development while conserving and protecting it. Flint Water Policy Center Director Mark Masters said "economic development and all those people should definitely take a look at really marketing that Albany has all this water resources."

 The Flint Water Policy Center helped Albany State draw up their plan to meet the Governor's order to cut water usage in all government buildings. Dr. Everett Freeman says A-S-U was the first university to meet that demand. Albany State's plan became the model for the rest of the university system.

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