State Sen. William Ligon is right to be more than just a little bit concerned about experimenting with the Coastal Georgia’s underground freshwater supply. He is anxious about a proposal to use this region’s drinking water to store surface water for a rainy day, or, more like it, an “unrainy day,” when water becomes scarce in other areas of the state.
Sen. Ligon, R-St. Simons Island, has been a leading opponent of this desperate panning for freshwater from the get-go. Why would anyone in their right mind even think about jeopardizing quality drinking water just to see if the Floridan Aquifer will dilute contaminants that could be potentially harmful at the tap to an “acceptable” safe level?
It is not just Georgia’s aquifer either. It supplies communities in Florida, as well as in South Carolina.
If it was OK to do this, legislation permitting it would not have been necessary. If it was OK to do this, legislation authored by Sen. Ligon would not have been necessary to stop the initial measure long enough to study it.
The senator serves on the committee that is looking more deeply into this issue and so far, he’s not liking what he’s seeing. Based on information collected up to now, he still considers it a bad idea. He fears drawing surface water from rivers or lakes and injecting it into the aquifer would be risky for Coastal Georgia and to the health of its residents.
Some proponents of the plan are even saying now that it could help solve saltwater intrusion problems in places like Hilton Head Island. “Could” is one of those “if” words, a word that indicates some degree of doubt and that some amount of gambling would be involved in this surface water injection process.
For good reason, Sen. Ligon is unwilling to gamble the potable water supply of Coastal Georgians. Neither should the rest of the state.