Excerpt from The Code of the City of Atlanta: Containing the Charter of 1874, and the Amendments Thereto, Certain Other Laws of the State, the Ordinances Adopted by the Mayor and General Council
Sec. 115. The City of Atlanta is hereby authorized and empowered to enlarge and improve the existing water supply and waterworks of said city in any manner and to any extent that is or may be needful, from the present or from any other site or sites; that Said city shall have the power to acquire all rights and property, real and personal, necessary or appropriate for affording a complete and sufficient supply Of reasonably pure and clear water to said city, and shall have power to acquire and hold or use all such rights and property, both within the limits Of said city and anywhere in this State, including ownership of and dominion in whole or in part over the water-shed from which the water to be supplied is gathered, however large the tract of land necessary for the purpose may be, so as to let said water-shed grow up in grass and trees without manuring or tillage or other hurtful use, and so as to keep the water clear and pure.
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