Friday, November 02, 2007

Drought continues to worsen in Southeast, town runs out of water

This is not something you think of happening in the US.

The severe drought tightening like a vise across the Southeast has threatened the water supply of cities large and small, sending politicians scrambling for solutions. But Orme, about 40 miles west of Chattanooga and 150 miles northwest of Atlanta, is a town where the worst-case scenario has already come to pass: The water has run out.

This is not just a small town problem either. The entire South is in trouble.

For the first time in more than 100 years, much of the Southeast has reached the most severe category of drought, climatologists said Monday, creating an emergency so serious that some cities are just months away from running out of water.

In North Carolina, Gov. Michael F. Easley asked residents Monday to stop using water for any purpose “not essential to public health and safety.” He warned that he would soon have to declare a state of emergency if voluntary efforts fell short.

It's a little late for voluntary measures isn't it? One of those threatened cities is Atlanta, GA. Georgia has decided to sue the US Army Corps of Engineers to stop them from spilling water out of Lake Lanier to make electricity.

This drought is bad business all around.

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