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Deal discusses War over Water

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

 A lawsuit filed by the state of Florida against Georgia over its water consumption could be challenged in the U. S. Supreme Court this month.

Meanwhile Governor Nathan Deal says southwest Georgia farmers won't be left out of the fight and are actually helping with the battle.

Deal says many who claim Georgia uses an over abundance of water have made bogus claims as to the amount of water farmers use for agricultural purposes. He says water metering initiatives are helping show just how much water is being used for agricultural purposes.

"With participation the farm community has had in the metering system it has shown that the usage is not nearly as great as many people have tried to exaggerate it to be," Deal said in Albany. "So we will continue to try to be sensitive because agriculture is the number one industry in the state of Georgia and we will not abandon that."

Last month the state of Florida sued Georgia citing it's unchecked and growing consumption of water which the allege has crippled the states oyster industry.

 

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