State Senator Jeff Mullis said that great strides in solving the water problem in the State of Georgia were taken with the passage of the Governor’s water bill this week by the Georgia State Senate.

In his weekly legislative report Mullis said "

This week the state made great strides toward a solution to our looming water crisis by unanimously passing Senate Bill 370, Our water bill will create a culture of water conservation throughout Georgia as we take proactive steps toward planning for water enhancement during future extreme drought conditions and additional water emergencies. We worked tirelessly with representatives from agriculture, environmental organizations, development, business and municipal interests to reach a common goal.

This conservation legislation will change the fundamental way water is conserved throughout the state. Local governments will now have the right to impose more stringent outdoor watering restrictions during non-drought periods whereas current law only allows them during drought periods. Many state agencies are reviewing practices, policies, programs, and rules/regulations to identify opportunities to provide programs and incentives for voluntary water conservation and enhancement of the state’s water supply.