Atlanta Water Situation Called Dire

Atlanta Water Situation Called Dire

There are 224 comments on the WXIA Atlanta story from Oct 11, 2007, titled Atlanta Water Situation Called Dire. In it, WXIA Atlanta reports that:

Metro Atlanta could run out of drinking water in as little as four months according to dire predictions from top water officials on Thursday.

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#2 Oct 11, 2007
This could have been prevented by inacting severe water restrictions a long time ago. Why were business allowed to continue to water other than the municipalties eagerness to collect revenue. The slightest bit of dropage should have triggered watering bans. But I guess the all mightly dollar dollar bill got in the way.

Atlanta, GA

#3 Oct 11, 2007
It is amazing how many new multiuse high rises are going up as water levels go down. That is real water conservation concern from the city of Atlanta.

Newnan, GA

#6 Oct 11, 2007
The saying, "Poor planning on your part doesn't constitute an emergency on my part", is in order. Money greedey City,State and County Govts. keep building like theres no tommorrow. Maybe its time to hit these planners and builders where it hurts. In the wallet. Let them bankroll a new water plan.

United States

#7 Oct 11, 2007
backwoods wrote:
Alot of peoples city jobs depend on the money generated from water usuage. The lower water usuage means lower money received which means not enough money to pay water department employees!
Does that explain my last month's outrageous water bill? City workers are reporting inflate water consumption readings so they can charge more? We certainly are not using as much water.

Alpharetta, GA

#8 Oct 11, 2007

“Home In Georgia Now”

Since: Jul 07

The "City of Gold" in Georgia

#10 Oct 11, 2007
And the building continues even though this situation exsists. But it is not just in Georgia, it is the same up here in N.C. You have to keep the developers in money so it can be passed down. (to the politicians)

Griffin, GA

#12 Oct 11, 2007
LEETE wrote:
Do you know how far down Lake Chatuge is in Hiawassee?

Lavonia, GA

#14 Oct 11, 2007
Dark Justice

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#16 Oct 11, 2007
Well you let unbridled growth go unchecked. You get this. I live up in the Woodstock area, and this IS a big deal. We don't even water our lawn, and never have. It seems to be doing fine without a sprinkler system.

We use next to no water, and conserve. Why isn't anyone else doing the same?
keith winder ga

Powder Springs, GA

#18 Oct 11, 2007
ok guys lets pee outside so we can save water

Maysville, GA

#19 Oct 11, 2007
I feel that we are finaly taking steps in the right direction. I am glad to see the big people shut down, like turner field. I let my tomato plants die this year, and I haven't washed my vehical (which is new) all summer. I belive that everyone should have to limit water use to strickly drinking and hygine uses. This is comming from someone that managed their own lawn care bussines. Just because we get through one year dosen't mean you don't have to worry about next year. Please conserve our precious water supply. Thanks

United States

#20 Oct 11, 2007
I have a question for Shirley Franklin. Where were you 1 month ago, 2 months ago, even 6 months ago? This water crisis has been going on for longer than a few weeks. With regard to the bills proposed, who is going to pay for the cost to upgrade my water system in my home? It better be the city of Atlanta due to their delayed response and resolution to a problem that has been going on for over a year!

Atlanta, GA

#21 Oct 11, 2007
I am RESPECTFUL (havnt even hooked up water yet and almost finished house) in young harris and hang out in Hiawasse with family every month. Lake chatuge is rediculously low and being drained. Every time I jumped in that lake this summer it was warmer than the air outside. People in Atlanta need to stop hitting water mains and stop watering 7 days a week. Commercial building should not have any more rights than we do. Car washes should not be able to operate if I can not wash my own darn car in my own drive way. why should I have to pay to have my car washed when I can do it in my own driveway. when you use the restroom there is one simple rule...If its yellow let it mellow...if its brown flush it down.
24Forever wrote:
<quoted text> Do you know how far down Lake Chatuge is in Hiawassee?

Griffin, GA

#22 Oct 11, 2007
Thanks for the info on Lake Chatuge. I am very unhappy with the way people are treating this situation. Chatuge is so beautiful and have been enjoying the area since the early 60's, haven't had the chance to go up there this past summer due to illness, but I am going up to the fall festival so I quess I will get my chance to see it for myself. I understand sharing the water from the lakes but shouldn't those in other states that take our water have the same rules that we have in using the water? Quess it is to wishful to think that people could just use some common sense!

Rex, GA

#23 Oct 11, 2007
Could this be Atlanta Katrina in Reverse?

As a native of New Orleans I watched over the
years as the Army Corps of Rednecks slowly choked the life out the city of New Orleans with neglect and indifference could the same thing be happening in Hot Atlanta. Stay tuned folks this could get very interesting.

“Home In Georgia Now”

Since: Jul 07

The "City of Gold" in Georgia

#24 Oct 12, 2007
My wife told me of a news story on the Atlanta news tonight where citizens have called and emailed for over a week about a big water leak and as of 10PM tonight it still has not been fixed. Totally unexcuseable.
Concerned Citizen

Charlotte, NC

#25 Oct 12, 2007
Almost every morning watching the news, I hear about Atlanta's water crisis. However, almost every morning on my way to work, I drive past a million dollar home subdivision across from 4200 Wildwood Parkway (GE), off Windy Hill Road in Atlanta, that is always watering their front lawn. They have approximately 10 sprinklers watering roughly an 8' X 11' grass lawn, that seems very excessive to me. They even water it when it just rained. I think if we really have a water crisis, this is ridiculous.
Out of work

Atlanta, GA

#26 Oct 12, 2007
Well not only won't I have drinking water, but I am also out of a job ( I worked for a landscaping company that has since folded due to the drought) but it is ok the Mussels have water to live...I just have no money or water !!

Arlington, TX

#27 Oct 12, 2007
Why not use ice from icebergs and water from melting glaciers? Ship the water to Atlanta and any other city in need. Look at all the fresh water melting into the oceans.
Aussie in USA

Seattle, WA

#28 Oct 12, 2007
Just reading the story on your water storage. It is as bad as it is in Victoria Australia.
Maybe Atalanta should look at the way they are doing things in Aus. There they have a number system as to what can be used and the severity. Like as in lawn watering, sportsfields ,carwashing etc,.
Then you have the wallies, who like to water concrete. These are regularly spotted and fined by the police.
Then of course you could try and do some cloud seeding. And if all else fails the churches should ALL get together in a ecumincal fashion and pray to God for relief.

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