In a move that could spell the end of litigation, Jackson County was handed a major legal victory this week in its lawsuit against the Upper Oconee Basin Water Authority.
The Georgia Supreme Court refused Monday to overturn a lower court ruling that had said Jackson County’s suit against UOBWA could proceed. UOBWA had earlier filed a motion for the courts to dismiss the lawsuit, but that was denied by the local Superior Court, the Court of Appeals and now the Supreme Court.
The issue in the litigation is over recalculating the amount of water contained in the Bear Creek Reservoir. Jackson County argues that the original calculations of the reservoir’s capacity are wrong by as much as half the amount.
A joint project of Jackson, Athens-Clarke, Barrow and Oconee counties, the reservoir, opened in 2002, was supposed to yield 58 million gallons per day in water. Jackson contends the real amount is closer to 24 mgd.
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