GEORGIA FACES WORST DROUGHT IN YEARS
Improved Drought Management Helps Reduce Effects Published Oct 10, 2007
In Woodstock, Georgia,
residents face a complete ban on watering. For most of the summer, metro Atlanta
residents faced watering restrictions. This regulated at what time of day the metro Atlanta
residents could water, and on which days. These regulations are taken seriously in Atlanta
and the surrounding area, with police patrolling neighborhoods checking for rule-breakers. Most metro Atlanta residents have given up on their lawns, but are still lugging water by the bucket-load
to keep their shrubs and flowers alive.
circulating that the University of Georgia
in Athens, Georgia,
may shut down due to water shortages.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution says that watering restrictions and bans are
helping to manage the drought. Although it is the worst drought Georgia
has seen in years, the effects are being managed far better than in the past. Georgia
still has some things to learn about water management. In Athens, Georgia, when restrictions were put in place, watering was restricted to one day
a week, instead of staggering days that different neighborhoods could water. This meant that so much water got used on that
one day that the pressure flushed built-up minerals out of the pipes, causing people's water to turn brown.
in the Athens area is affected adversely, including University
of Georgia students in apartments and dorms who normally don't have to
worry about the seasonal water restrictions. University students report hearing football fans complaining about the ban on
watering the University of Georgia's
football stadium. Sometimes it's hard to tell what is more important in football-crazed UGA-the greenness of the field or
getting adequate drinking water to the people of Georgia.
If caught violating the water restrictions in Athens, the
fine is $1,000.
The low water levels also affect the quality of water that makes it into Georgia homes. Part of controlling pollution is to dilute it in the water supply.
However, the water in Athens, Georgia
is so low that the percentage of pollutants in the water is reaching dangerous levels. There are many ways Georgia residents can work to help save water during this
time of drought. According to the American Water and Energy Savers website, you should avoid flushing the toilet for objects
such as tissues and insects that can be put in the trash, and fix leaks in your faucets or toilets. The website says that
you can save thousands gallons of water a year by fixing one leaking tap. Other suggestions are to replace your shower-heads
with water-saving ones. Only use your dishwasher or washing machine when you have a full load.
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