2/3: Are reservoirs a good option?

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

The building of more reservoirs is part of Gov. Nathan Deal’s plan to address the state’s critical water shortage. It’s an approach that attracts scrutiny and criticism. Studies point out the burden reservoirs put on the environment and the taxpayer.

But reservoirs are only part of the plan, one expert writes, while an environmentalist says they should be the last option considered.

What do you think?

20 comments Add your comment


February 3rd, 2012
11:39 pm

Look up who owns Glades Farm LLC


February 3rd, 2012
11:34 pm

Hall County is using Glades Reservoir for economic development not for water needs. They have wasted millions of tax dollars for consultants fees. We are closing parks and libraries and have treated the county employees badly. They took Splost fund revenue expectations and have borrowed against those expected income amounts. Now they can’t pay back all the debt…………….they can not afford to build Glades and its not for water use anyway but for selling and developing lake lots.

Hillbilly D

February 3rd, 2012
4:24 pm

If they raise the level of Lake Lanier to 1073′, that’s just fine in times of good rainfall, when the lake is full. In times of drought, when the lake level is 1060′ or below, which it often is for extended periods, the full pool measurement is pretty much irrelevant.

As for getting water from the Tennessee River, that will produce even more lawsuits. Georgia is already in lawsuits with Alabama and Florida. Try to take water from the Tennessee River and you can add Mississippi, Tennessee and Kentucky to the lawsuit pool.

On the off chance you ever did get permission, after years of litigation and who knows how much money spent, how many billions of dollars would it cost to build a pipeline, complete with pump stations, right of ways, etc, up over the mountains and back down to Atlanta?

If your looking to store water, cisterns work better than reservoirs. Reservoirs lose a large amount of water to evaporation.


February 3rd, 2012
3:17 pm

Increased storage is the only viable option. Other parts of the puzzle are only ‘pipe dreams’ (pun for some) without new reservoirs and enhanced capacity in existing reservoirs.


February 3rd, 2012
11:43 am

Yes reservoirs are the best option unless anyone has a better, doable, plan.

At the rate metro Atlanta population is surging Lake Lanier will max out even if we overfill it and get 100% of the water – doubtful if AL and FL have anything to say. According to GA Office of Planning and Budget projections the population of just one county, Gwinnett, which draws on the lake will exceed 1 million within eight more years.

gwinnett water user

February 3rd, 2012
8:58 am

1073′…….1073′…….Raise the full pool level of Lake Lanier by 2 feet will have the same capacity as building a reservoir the size of Lake Siminole for a fraction of the cost.


February 3rd, 2012
8:55 am

How much water do we need per person? How much rain do we get in an average year (use 10 years data for the avg)? That will tell you how many people we can support in Georgia. Have we exceeded our maximum occupancy and if not, when will we, given our current consumption rate?


February 3rd, 2012
8:07 am

New York City has reservoirs that deliver 1 billion gallons of day used by the populus. 900 tests a day are performed for quality. The quality is so good that a filtering process is not rquired.
However that is NYC not Atlanta. Atlanta may not be privy to the pristine waters of New York.
But never fear, I have a solution. Have the smaller suburban areas initiate family reservoirs. Where the water runs off the roof and into a barrell. Grantated, there would need to be some treatment, however, storing up water in the basement could mean the difference. And, donot forget, the well. Water comes from underground acquifers. This comment is vetted.

barking frog

February 3rd, 2012
8:01 am

Apply to the Corps of Engineers for a transfer from
the Tennessee River and build a pipeline.


February 3rd, 2012
7:48 am

We have plenty of water if we curb growth. Georgia is for Georgians. When Florida finally gets full all of the I-95 sewage will start spilling into Georgia and it will look like Florida does now.