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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Governor Nathan Deal signed a bill he says will provide Georgia with more water, but conservationists don't like it.

The law allows public-private partnerships to develop reservoirs and other water infrastructure.

Governor Deal says it's an important option when public money is tight.  Flint Riverkeepers say private developers could go after private property and make money off the state's water woes.

"Peoples' private property are in more danger because of greedy people wanting to build  reservoirs," said Flint Riverkeeper, Gordon Rogers. "As far as the taxpayer goes, we're going to be putting low interest government money in the hands of private individuals. I personally don't think that's good tax policy, and it's certainly not good water policy."  

Rogers says funding for water supply projects isn't a problem. He says GEMA has $35 million  set aside for projects, but local governments have only applied for $2 million.

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