Water Quality can be defined as a measure of the chemical, biological, and physical characteristics of water. Water quality can be defined by the use of that water, by a set of standards set by the government or personal preference. For example, water quality used for drinking is different than that in a stream used for canoeing. Water quality can also be defined by a set of standards set by EPA to protect human health. And water quality can be set by personal preference in how that water is used.
Water Quantity can be defined as a measure of the volume or quantity of water needed for a specific activity, task or need. Water quantity is measured in instantaneous flows of a stream for example or can be measured in the volume needed by a population over a given period.
This webpage will provide posts, publications, and links that will help better understand water quality and quantity in Georgia.