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A Review of Water Conservation Planning for the Atlanta, Georgia Region

Delivered to FL DEP Aug. 2006. Released publicly Nov. 2007

At the request of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the Pacific Institute analyzed historical water conservation and efficiency programs and water demand forecasts for the region around Atlanta, Georgia. This effort aimed to improve understanding of the potential for reducing water waste in the region and maintaining critical water flows for downstream ecosystems in Georgia and Florida. The analysis was submitted to the DEP in August 2006.

In November 2007, this analysis takes on a new light, as the City of Atlanta is now facing something unprecedented for the world's wealthiest nation: the possibility of a major city running out of water in a matter of weeks. This analysis may now help offer some insight to leaders and planners who are asking "how did this happen?"

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