Gov. Perdue signs reservoir bill

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) Governor Sonny Perdue has signed
legislation designed to speed the construction of reservoirs in
Georgia as the state deals with an historic drought.
The Water Conservation and Drought Relief Act of 2008, signed on
Tuesday, brings state agencies together to streamline the reservoir
approval process.
It establishes the Georgia Reservoir Fund to allocate water and
infrastructure funds. Perdue and the Legislature have already set
aside 70 million dollars in grants and loans for the fund. Local
governments can apply for help with water projects.
The bill also makes water-efficient products eligible for the
sales tax holiday which runs from October 2nd to October 5th.
Perdue signed the bill on the banks of Lake Lanier, the main
source of water for metro Atlanta. Levels at the lake are still
below normal.