UNDATED - Governor Perdue has announced the creation of a task force that will develop contingency plans for water consumption in the state.
The task force is part of a four-pronged strategy for addressing a federal ruling that will limit the access of water in Lake Lanier.
The other parts of the strategy include congressional action, negotiations and appeal of the decision.
"While I am confident we will be successful in securing the ability to draw water supply from Lake Lanier, we cannot take that for granted and must plan accordingly," said Perdue. "We will consider conservation measures as well as opportunities to enhance our water supply options."
The task force will include several dozen leaders from business, government and environmental organizations.
Coca-Cola Enterprises CEO John Brock and Tim Lowe of Lowe Engineers have agreed to co-chair the task force, which will meet throughout the fall and present recommendations before the January 2010 legislative session.
"We applaud Governor Perdue for taking this action and convening this water task force to address conservation and water supply," Brock said. "Water is the most pressing issue facing Metro Atlanta and Georgia today. The business community stands ready to support this effort and lead, where necessary, to ensure that our quality of life and economy are sustainable for the long term."