An Evaluation of the Mandatory Drought Responses in Georgia, Focusing on Water Utilities

Project Investigator: 
Hyun Jung Park
Georgia Water Resources Institute
Project Duration: 
March 2008 to February 2009
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Due to continuous extreme weather conditions, North Georgia has suffered drought since 2007. During the drought, the Georgia  government imposed mandatory drought responses and encouraged conservation practices among water  utilities. The purpose of this study was to help improve the performance of water conservation and the  effectiveness of drought responses by providing better understanding and analytical explanations of the drought  responses. Through both qualitative and quantitative analyses, this research attempted to evaluate the  performance levels of water conservation and identify key determinants. This research also explored how the  Georgia water utilities complied with the mandatory drought responses, whether through self-improvement or  customer-relations approaches.