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Old 10-24-2007, 07:10 AM
 
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Last night on the news Sonny Perdue said the drought was going to make things uncomfortable, but "that's the price we have to pay to live in such a grerat country".

Can someone please explain to me how that makes ANY sense?
I believe what he is trying to say is that if we clap louder the drought will end.
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Old 10-24-2007, 10:00 AM
 
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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The best way to conserve water is raise the price!!! (just like gasoline)
I think you're right on target.

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What does the average homeowner pay for metered water each month? $50? If the price doubled or tripled, usage patterns would change really fast.
We pay roughly $35/month with 2/3 of it being sewer fees, not water fees (Cobb County also charges for drainage for each gallon you use). When we ran the sprinkler system (normally a few times a month max), our water bill would normally double or triple, so I didn't tend to do that unless the grass was actually on the verge of dying. I think we ran them in July and August, and not much at all last year (maybe once or twice at isolated times).

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I pay a flat $28 for water/sewer/trash (unlimited) at my 2 br/2 ba apartment, so I have no incentive to save water by washing clothes less often or taking shorter showers (though I could save energy).
For us, not using the sprinklers (currently enforced by law ) allows us to cut our usage in more than half. But we're already fairly water-thrifty (between my wife, myself, and four cats, we'll normally use between 2000 and 3000 gallons per month).
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Old 10-24-2007, 06:59 PM
 
Location: Jonquil City (aka Smyrna) Georgia- by Atlanta
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Default The Water Shortage Is A BIG FAT LIE!!

We are not running out of water and nowhere near running out of water. This is just a big lie so they can raise our water bills. If it was true, do you really think they would be handing out building and tap permits at the rate of 200,000 or so every year? We now have close to 5 million people here now and with current rates of growth, we will double that in 20 years to 10 million. If they cannot find water for 5 million, where do you think they will get it for 10 million???
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Old 10-24-2007, 07:03 PM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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We are not running out of water and nowhere near running out of water. This is just a big lie so they can raise our water bills. If it was true, do you really think they would be handing out building and tap permits at the rate of 200,000 or so every year? We now have close to 5 million people here now and with current rates of growth, we will double that in 20 years to 10 million. If they cannot find water for 5 million, where do you think they will get it for 10 million???
Uh, have you seen Lake Lanier lately?
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Old 10-24-2007, 07:04 PM
 
Location: Atlanta/DC
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Have you seen the lake @ Sweetwater Creek State Park lately?

http://www.eganpark.com/files/reservoir-panoramic.jpg (broken link)

It's not a joke. That picture was the nail in the coffin for me.
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Old 10-24-2007, 08:24 PM
 
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I was at Sweetwater Creek this past weekend. One of my old college buds lives on Lake Lanier and is WORRIED. I can assure you that the water shortage is quite real.
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Old 10-24-2007, 08:59 PM
 
Location: West Cobb County, GA (Atlanta metro)
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Well I WAS going to go to Sweetwater to take some Autumn lake/tree shots this weekend. Uh... guess not.

Yes, it's real.

Ok, are we going to see 5 million people in the metro area literally completely run out of all water? I doubt it, unless there is some freakish weather nonevent for the next year or so that even makes the drought lately look tame. Still, there will be problems, and there will be permanent restrictions, and as the metro area continues to grow as fast as it does, those problems WILL get worse and the restrictions will get tighter as well.

So no, it's not the end of the world. Yes, it's a real problem.
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Old 10-24-2007, 09:01 PM
 
Location: Jonquil City (aka Smyrna) Georgia- by Atlanta
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At no time will any of you ever turn on your faucet and not have water (unless you fail to pay your bill of course). This is all blown up.
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Old 10-24-2007, 09:07 PM
 
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A shortage is enough cause for alarm. We don't need to wait until the tap literally runs dry before we decide to be better stewards of our resources. Sensible water use reduction habits make good sense for the long run - not just until Lake Lanier fills back up. When I grew up here in Atlanta, people didn't plant dozens of annuals and seed their lawns every year requiring constant watering. Every house didn't have a dishwasher, disposal, several toilets and a sprinkler system. We are a nation of over-indulgers - even water!
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Old 10-24-2007, 09:10 PM
 
Location: Jonquil City (aka Smyrna) Georgia- by Atlanta
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A shortage is enough cause for alarm. We don't need to wait until the tap literally runs dry before we decide to be better stewards of our resources. Sensible water use reduction habits make good sense for the long run - not just until Lake Lanier fills back up. When I grew up here in Atlanta, people didn't plant dozens of annuals and seed their lawns every year requiring constant watering. Every house didn't have a dishwasher, disposal, several toilets and a sprinkler system. We are a nation of over-indulgers - even water!
Do you know that every drop of water you use goes right back in the ground or the air and eventually ends up right back in the rivers and lakes you got it from? When you flush the stool, the water goes to the sewage treatment plant where it is cleaned up and put right back into the river to be used again.
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