Tell Ga. EPD to let us turn the water on

Tue, 04/15/2008 - 4:30pm
By: Letters to the ...

Lake Kedron is full. Lake Peachtree is full. Lake Horton is full.

Since Jan. 1, 2008, we have had almost 25 inches of rain at my home. My yard is like a wet sponge.

We had the same amount of water in our lakes at this same time last year and many previous years. At those times we have been on Level 2 water restrictions literally year round.

That meant you could water from midnight to 10 a.m. on your appointed day three days per week. You could have a waterfall feature in your yard. You could fill your pool. You could wash your car. You could water your lawn and use your sprinkler.

Mr. Parrott at the Fayette County Water System says we have no control over our own water. He cannot change our water restriction level. Only Carol Couch at Georgia Environmental Protection Division can.

She has placed Fayette County on the same restrictions as the Atlanta metropolitan area and its northern tier of counties. This is being done without any rhyme or reason. It is arbitrary and only based upon geographical proximity to Atlanta.

We do not use any water from Lake Lanier nor Lake Allatoona. Allatoona is now at full pool at 840 feet. Lake Lanier, however, is currently 13 feet from full pool, but 7 feet higher than its lowest last year.

We in no way should be restricted at Level 4 with three completely full lakes. This is utter politically motivated stupidity.

Even the city of Fayetteville has wells from which it draws much of its water, placing very little pressure on the three lakes in our county.

Therefore, I vehemently urge each and every citizen of Fayette County to call Carol Couch’s office at 404-656-4713 or fax her a letter at 404-651-5778 and voice your objection and demand that Fayette County not be “punished” along with Fulton, DeKalb, Cobb, Gwinnett, Douglas, Cherokee and the other northern tier of counties that depend upon Lake Lanier for their water.

Place us back on Level 2 just like the rest of the bottom two-thirds of Georgia.

Let it be known that our county commissioners planned ahead for our growth by building adequate lakes for the county and that a fourth lake is now under construction (Lake McIntosh).

Just because we planned and they (northern counties) didn’t doesn’t mean we should endure their fate.

Further, you might ask her why a third major reservoir has not been built to support all the growth those other county commissioners and planning commissions approved of over the past 25-30 years.

David Cree

Peachtree City, Ga.

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Submitted by Spyglass on Thu, 04/17/2008 - 9:14am.

I agree with others who say IF we have enough water to keep building, the restrictions are a JOKE.

Submitted by skyspy on Thu, 04/17/2008 - 7:19am.

I have said it before and I'll say it again.

As long as they keep throwing up high-rise condos and building cluster homes in the Atlanta metro area it is very hard to take water restrictions seriously. Obviously we don't have a problem at all if they want to keep slamming more people into this area with high-density building.

Until this little economic glitch our county commission was bent on building Fayette into clayton. They couldn't throw up enough cluster homes, apartments and empty strip malls. Thankfully the economy has slowed them down a little for now.

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Submitted by mudcat on Thu, 04/17/2008 - 6:23am.

Neither are the restrictions. I like not having to water things - they either live or die with the rain - just like God intended.

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Submitted by slider on Thu, 04/17/2008 - 11:37am.

I water new plants. (and my garden) Other than that if it lives it lives, if it dies it dies. Thats just the way it should be.

Submitted by oldbeachbear on Thu, 04/17/2008 - 11:45am.

Aren't you the one that complained about a stop sigh in the middle of no where in Tyrone and the cops? I found that sign! It is indeed in the most rediculous place and sure enough....there were the cop cars!

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Submitted by aliquando on Wed, 04/16/2008 - 6:18pm.

If it is wet like a sponge why do you need to water?

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Submitted by secret squirrel on Wed, 04/16/2008 - 12:35pm.

Mr. Cree has conveniently omitted the fact that he's in the landscaping business and has a rather pronounced self-interest in convincing the rest of us to ignore the nature of a drought and foolishly create the same mentalities which have help create water-shortages in the first place. Thanks for the phone numbers; I have called and urged her to maintain the watering restrictions.

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Submitted by NUK_1 on Wed, 04/16/2008 - 1:34pm.

Yeah, his mentioning something about a "waterfall feature" in yards sort of gives it away that he's in the landscaping biz. I don't recall every having a conversation with a neighbor and the phrase "waterfall feature" being brought up:)

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