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August 2, 2002

After a year and a half of work, The Joint Water Plan Committee has come up with recommendations on a statewide water policy.

Twenty three State Senators and representatives want to create a water council made up of local and state agencies that will all have a say on Georgia's water use. They also recommend outlawing piping water across more than two counties.

Rep. Bob Hanner of Dawson said, "We made some giant steps in protecting our water, have right to use water but don't own it."

Sen. Michael Meyer Von Bremen of Albany said, "We need to get message out we're trying to conserve water."

The committee will iron out final differences August 27th before presenting it's plan before the General Assembly.

A hotly debated topic has been whether water is a public resource. Though the exact wording is not in the report, the committee says everyone has the responsibility to conserve.