SIGNS INTER-BASIN WATER TRANSFER ACT
protection of Tennessees water supply
Saying that Tennessees water supply will be protected, Gov.
Don Sundquist today signed the Inter-Basin Water Transfer Act. "This legislation helps restore our confidence that
water will be as available to Tennesseans in the 21st century as it has
been for the last 204 years," Sundquist said during the ceremonial
bill signing held in Coolidge Park. "If we have water to share, we
now have a tool in place to make sure we do so in a thoughtful and informed
act ensures that the states water supply will be protected. The
state now has the authority to determine whether or not it is appropriate
to transfer water from one river basin to another. The Tennessee Department
of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) is in the process of establishing
rules to implement the plan and seeking public input for permanent regulations.
this law, municipal water providers and those who sell water for public
use must obtain a permit from TDEC before they can transfer water between
river basins. These are not common transfers now, but are expected to
be more frequent as Tennessee grows. The law would not affect farming
activity or most industries.