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Old 10-20-2007, 12:32 AM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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ATLANTA With the South in the grip of an epic drought and its largest city holding less than a 90-day supply of water, officials are scrambling to deal with the worst-case scenario: What if Atlanta's faucets really do go dry?

FOXNews.com - No Backup Water Plan in Place for Drought-Stricken Atlanta - Local News | News Articles | National News | US News
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Old 10-20-2007, 07:14 AM
 
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I wonder what they'll do about the Aquarium. Poor fishies.
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Old 10-20-2007, 11:31 AM
 
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I've got a call into the aquarium about this, but I haven't heard back from them yet.

Their capacity is 8.1 million gallons, and I can't imagine it takes more than a couple percent each day to maintain it. I really don't think their usage is all that high, but we'll find out.

I'll post it on my blog (Atlanta Water Shortage) when I find out.

Mickey
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Old 10-20-2007, 06:58 PM
 
Location: West Cobb County, GA (Atlanta metro)
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The Aquarium water is for the most part filtered and recycled, so I think very little "new" water is piped in other than what they use in the restrooms and restaurants inside. The city fountains use more water due to evaporation, and I hadn't noticed but had heard that the fountains have been turned off. Tons of water would be saved if public venues (museums, restaurants, sporting areas, etc) would install those new "waterless urinals" as well as making sure they all have low-water use toilets. Link on those: Waterless - Saving Global Water Resources Since 1991 . It wouldn't shock me if some folks explore these for home use, too.

As I had posted before, they were talking about our need for more water storage back in 1984 when I moved here. The population has more than doubled since then, and no official has done a thing about it since that time (over 23 years). Now everyone is trying to act like good little politicians and jump up like rabid foxes to attack whoever caused this, when in fact they are just as much to blame as anyone else.

Build your outhouses now. It's easier when you don't have to flush.
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Old 10-20-2007, 07:42 PM
 
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As I had posted before, they were talking about our need for more water storage back in 1984 when I moved here. The population has more than doubled since then, and no official has done a thing about it since that time (over 23 years). Now everyone is trying to act like good little politicians and jump up like rabid foxes to attack whoever caused this, when in fact they are just as much to blame as anyone else.
Very well said.

Regarding toilets, I found the issue of gray water recycling to be rather interesting. It's pretty expensive and offers a fairly minimal savings, but every little bit will help.
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