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Water Resources of the Atlanta Region. Jason Allard. Water Shortage in Atlanta Region. Why does Atlanta experience water shortages? How has Atlanta’s growth contributed to the shortages? Will the local water resources be able to keep up with Atlanta’s future growth?. Population Growth.

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Water shortage in atlanta region
Water Shortage in Atlanta Region

  • Why does Atlanta experience water shortages?

  • How has Atlanta’s growth contributed to the shortages?

  • Will the local water resources be able to keep up with Atlanta’s future growth?



Atlanta sprawl
Atlanta Sprawl

  • Light Blue cells represent conversion to urban land between 1992 and 2001

  • 15.1% increase in urban land, from 1028 to 1183 sq. mi.



Regional issues
Regional Issues

  • Eastern U.S. water law says equal rights among users, i.e. states.

  • Endangered species in Apalachicola Bay



Solutions
Solutions

  • Groundwater – 1% of future supply due to bedrock.

  • More Reservoirs


Solutions1
Solutions

  • Water Conservation/Reuse


Conclusion
Conclusion

  • Atlanta has water shortages due to location in upper watersheds.

  • Future growth could be seriously inhibited by Court rulings or prolonged drought periods.

  • No easy solutions.

  • More reservoir storage, better conservation.

  • There are numerous other regions in the U.S. that will have to address water shortages in the near future.