ATLANTA — As water conservation remains a critical topic facing Georgia, Rep. Debbie Buckner has offered what she believes is legislation that will help conserve water.
The Junction City Democrat introduced a House bill a week ago that will restrict the hours property owners can water their lawns and outside plants. The goal is limit water at times when it is more likely to evaporate.
House Bill 1039 would restrict watering between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
“It is similar to the drought rules and regulations and I would like for it to be like that,” Buckner said.
The bill has been assigned to the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee, though a hearing date has not be scheduled. Buckner is not the only politician working the water issue.
Gov. Sonny Perdue started his push for water legislation Wednesday. During a news conference in his Capitol office, Perdue announced the Georgia Water Stewardship Act of 2010, which he said will reduce wasteful loss and include incentives for increasing water supply and decreasing demand.
While not detailing the specific legislation, Perdue has his bill would likely not contain restrictions such as the one proposed by Buckner Perdue was asked about Buckner’s bill.
“We will see if that bill flows on its own or gets shut off on its own,” Perdue said.
He said those decisions would likely fall to Allen Barnes Director of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division who stood behind the governor during the news conference.
“To do it in a blanket sort of way, I am not sure that is good water policy,” Perdue said.
Buckner, who is in the minority party, knows her bill faces a difficult road to approval.
“Will it pass like it is?” she asked. “The odds are probably not good for that. But I think there is a likelihood some of the information can be taken and folded into another bill.”