While Georgia Power complies with all permits regulating the amount of water we withdraw and the quality of water we return to the state's waterways as part of generating electricity, our company is always seeking to improve. Finding solutions for conserving our state's water resources is also part of our commitment to employing the best methods of generating electricity while minimizing our environmental impact. Because Georgia Power is a major user and consumer of water needed to keep the lights on, the company also has a vested interest in using water wisely.
Water Management and Conservation
In 2014, Georgia Power consumed approximately 13 percent of the water we withdrew from Georgia's waterways and returned about 90 percent of it to make electricity. Through the announced retirement of more than 2,000 megawatts of coal- and oil-fired generation in the coming years, Georgia Power expects to reduce the total amount of water withdrawn from the state's waterways for power generation by approximately 50 percent.
The amount of water lost through evaporation averages out to approximately 26 gallons of water per day for each household, or roughly the equivalent amount of water a family uses to get ready for the day (shower, brush teeth, etc.). Georgia Power works hard to conserve water usage in plant operations by recycling and reusing water for multiple purposes and implementing initiatives and training programs to detect, report and minimize leaks to save every ounce of water possible. In addition, Georgia Power is updating facilities with more water-efficient plumbing (toilets, shower heads and sink faucets) or automated toilets and sinks.
Georgia Power recycles water we use for multiple purposes before returning it to the rivers. Water can be used to move ash throughout the system, provide dust control, and aid in some maintenance activities.
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