Georgia's Water Coalition released it's second "Clean 13" report Wednesday. The report highlights groups or people working to improve Georgia’s water quality.
State representatives, university programs and local coalitions are some of the groups that were named in the report.
A common theme the 13 shared in this year’s report was collaboration. Joe Cook, with the Coosa River Basin Initiative, said that’s one reason metro-Atlanta isn’t seen as a boogeyman anymore when it comes to water consumption.
"That cooperation of the metro district getting together and saying, 'Hey, we are going to implement water conservation methods and we are going to hold each other accountable,' that has resulted in positive impacts for downstream communities,” Cook said.
The coalition’s report said as recently as 2007, the Cobb County-Marietta Water Authority would take 129 million gallons of water a day from Lake Allatoona. Since then, usage has dropped below a hundred million gallons a day.