This paper addresses considerations of direct relevance for ongoing debate in the state as to whether or not water should be sold "like a commodity". The primary point made in the paper is that water is and has long been bought and sold as a commodity in the state. Thus, in the author's view the ongoing debate is simply out of touch with reality.
This paper presents case studies showing that there are currently wholesale and retail water markets in Georgia. Moreover, such markets have benefitted many Georgians. In each case, the market in water was created in response to the need to support economic development and lower customer's costs. These markets are subject to regulatory oversight, serve the interest of rural communities, and work in concert with the object of planning and managing water resources. Working Paper # 2003-006