In her op-ed column “Frugal power use saves water, too,” published today in the Savannah Morning News, State Sen. Regina Thomas uses the current drought conditions in North Georgia to remind readers that the difference between a wall socket and a water spigot is negligible in state that relies on nuclear and coal-fired power plants:
“Since most of our electricity comes from coal and nuclear plants that need large amounts of water to operate, even when we turn on our computers or light switches, we are actually using water.”
Thomas suggests that greater energy efficiency has an ancillary benefit in reducing water use. She also points to solar and and wind energy as options that do not require significant water input. Finally, Thomas encourages citizens to comment on the proposed expansion of Plant Vogtle and attend the Georgia Water Coalition’s Local Partners Meeting on Dec. 5 from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Sentient Bean.
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