In a recent speech to Augusta community leaders, Governor Sonny Perdue suggested interbasin transfers should be an option to meet water demands. Interbasin transfers – millions of gallons of water drawn from one river basin and transported to another – are prohibited by state law and were ruled out by the Governor’s own Water Contingency Task Force as expensive and impractical.
“Obviously I make people nervous there because we’ve got this culture of this inviolate theory of no interbasin transfers,” [Gov. Perdue] said. “I just want us to look at it from a Georgia perspective — all Georgians. Some out there want to talk about Atlanta’s problems. As I said, do they affect us all over Georgia? Absolutely they do.”
“We can’t look at them (natural resources) in a selfish possessive way just like we don’t try to make one area sacrifice at the expense of others” when it comes to government agencies and operations like social services, said Perdue. “Some have more than they need and others have less than they need. If we have more than we need somewhere, we may have to look at doing (the transfers). I don’t think any of us — no Georgian — can sit back and think of an issue as fundamental as drinking water for Georgia families as someone else’s problem.”