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Senator says water wars Georgia's #1 issue

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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –Senator Saxby Chambliss says the number one issue facing Georgia's new administration is a potential water crisis.

The Senator said ongoing negotiations with Florida and Alabama over water use is not just an issue for Atlanta's water availability.

He says every Georgians water supply is at stake. Chambliss said Governor Nathan Deal is the best person equipped to handle the issue, because of his federal government perspective and understanding.

" We need a long range plan for additional reservoirs. That's part of the answer. Conservation is another part of the answer, but I'm looking forward to working with him to get through this,"said Chambliss.

Chambliss said there is no easy solution, but Georgia's new leaders have to get to work solving the water wars now. If a deal isn't worked out, Georgia's access to water from Lake Lanier will soon be severely limited. That lake is metro Atlanta's primary water source.

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