Should Georgia store surface water in the state’s underground aquifers?

12:50 p.m Friday, Aug. 11, 2017 Georgia Politics and Government
Dan Day, a water lab technician with the City of Dayton, takes a sample from one of 200 monitoring wells used to check on the quality of water in the Great Miami Buried Valley Aquifer and test for any contaminants on a regular basis. CHRIS STEWART / STAFF

As Georgia’s stagnant water supply faces growing population demands and agricultural needs, state officials may clear the way for allowing the storage of surface water in natural aquifers underground.

The water-saving practice has gained traction nationally but long irked local residents especially on Georgia’s coast — where it was once banned.

But the state Environmental Protection Division has now published a draft report outlining its authority to allow and manage what’s known as “aquifer storage and recovery.”

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