On WABE (90.1FM) late Thursday, Denis O’Hayer’s interview with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed focused on the city’s sewer sales tax referendum, which comes up for renewal on March 6.
What O’Hayer didn’t broadcast were remarks Reed made about Georgia’s hunger for water. But they’re included in a longer version posted on the radio station’s web site. Reed was first asked about the city’s ability to meet growth with access to water.
”The city has some unique assets that give us the capability to survive it. We have the most attractive parcel in the [north Georgia] region with regard to a new reservoir in Dawson [County]. So we have the capability to build that reservoir to provide the city of Atlanta and help the region’s need. We also have, in a park that’s not far from here, an ability to build a reservoir that can hold a 30-day water supply for the city of Atlanta.”
O’Hayer then asked Reed about House Speaker David Ralston’s declaration that the state shouldn’t give up on water from the Tennessee River, just beyond Georgia’s disputed northern border. Said the Atlanta mayor:
”I think it’s something that is achievable. I think it depends on the amount of work that you want to put into it, what you’re prepared to put on the table for negotiation. I’m not surprised by Tennessee’s first response, but the fact of the matter is that there are some very strong arguments that could be made that we should have access to that water. Now, you would have to litigate it for some time. But I think the juice would be worth the squeeze.”
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider