Army Corps Says Some Downstream Users Can Do With Less Water

(AP) - A top agency official says the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has determined that many industrial and municipal users in Alabama and Florida could tolerate reduce flows in rivers that are at the heart of a raging water in the region.

But the deputy commander of the Corps' Mobile, Alabama, district, Major Daren Payne, says it remains unclear how much of a reduction would be accept to those users. He also says it's unclear whether downstream mussels and sturgeon protected under the Endangered Species Act also could survive.

He said during an interview that officials are finding that power plants and what he calls ``a lot of the other interests'' could operate at something less than the current flows.

Payne says the Corps will release a biological assessment for species impacts by tomorrow, laying out several options for altering the water releases from the federal reservoirs. That assessment will go to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which will issue its own opinion on how lower flows would affect the species.

The Corps' assessments will figure prominently in meetings among state leaders in Washington today over whether the federal government should hold back more water in Atlanta-area reservoirs to shore up the city's drinking supply.

With a historic drought gripping the region, Georgia officials have argued that the corps is ignoring a potential crisis as it continues releasing millions of gallons of water from the Atlanta area's main water source, Lake Lanier.


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  • by Gil on Nov 1, 2007 at 06:48 PM
    The average home consumes 40 KWh per day in electric it takes 1080 gallons of water per day or 32,400 gallons per month to produce this electric. This is five (5) times the amount of water a home uses monthly of 6000 gallons. Power companies are the 2nd largest consumers of water; they use over 40% of the fresh water. Very little of the water they use is returned back to the environment, not as they claim. They use a great deal of water to cool the steam back down after the completion of the steam turbine cycle. When the fresh water is used drench the 900 °F steam heat exchange coils (to convert back to water) it turns to steam and is loss to the atmosphere. More focus needs to be made to reduce energy consumption, and there needs to be more oversight of Power Company’s water usage.
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