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Alabama lawyer blasts Ga. county over water use

By The Associated Press
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) Alabama's lawyer in the ongoing water battle involving three states says a county that includes many of Atlanta's suburbs is taking more water than it is allowed.

Attorney Matt Lembke on Thursday told the Alabama Water Resources Commission that Cobb County is violating its water permit.

Alabama, Georgia and Florida have been embroiled for 25 years in disputes over water from rivers and lakes in the region. Lembke accuses Cobb County of taking too much water from Lake Allatoona.

The Anniston Star reports that in a telephone interview, Cobb County Water Authority General Manager Glenn Page disputed most of Lembke's claims. Page said the county did exceed its authorized amount of water from Allatoona in a couple of drought years, but didn't draw more than the allowed amount most years.

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