Drought Update- Watered Down Restrictions

Ed
2/7/2008

Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue does the Back Stroke on watering restrictions, as Lake Lanier Atlanta’s main source of water, is still close to all time low.

The partial reprieve comes in the form of allowing home-owners to water their Lawns&Shrubs 25 minutes a day, three days a week, with a Garden Hose as opposed to using automatic irrigation systems, which have been shown to conserve water. Also, landscape companies will ‘STILL’ be allowed to water Newly installed Lawns and shrubs.

Using Automatic Irrigation as opposed to a Garden Hose which They are against, has always been the best way to water. By splitting the 25 minutes by however many Zones you have and setting different Zones to water every other day, you not only conserve water but have better coverage. So who’s Hosing who here.


New in the list, who are now going to be able to use the dwindling water supply are, “Thousands of neighborhood swimming pool associations, swim teams and private pool owners.”

What this means is, if you have a NEW pool installed by one of the swimming pool associations,or for some reason drained your pool,you will be able to refill it with 7000-15000 gallons of water. Most people DO NOT drain their pools in winter months. They cover them and then in the spring, Re-treat the water with chlorine to make it usable once again.


In making his decision, Perdue considered the amount of water used to sprinkle lawns and fill swimming pools. The 61-county area in north Georgia that’s under the state’s outdoor watering ban uses between 800 million to 900 million gallons of water every day. EPD Director Couch said it takes about 7 million gallons a day for the 6,500 public pools and 92,000 private pools, or less than one percent of the total water use.

I like how they try,like most LAWMAKERs to confuse you with the Numbers. The say the Gobernor based this on the amount of water used to sprinkle lawns and fill swimming pools, saying the 800 million to 900 million gallons of water is used every day in the 61-county area. What they are NOT SAYING here is, this amount of water is what is being used without watering outside or filling swimming pools as these counties are at this time under the outdoor watering ban. Also stated was, “it takes about 7 million gallons a day for the 6,500 public pools and 92,000 private pools.” Again this is pure BUllSHIT as most if not all of these pools are full, and will be treated at the beginning of swim season. Still, at 7 million gallons a day for the 6,500 public pools and 92,000 private pools, thats 210,000,000 gallons a month for a Luxury, Not a Necessity.


They say “Allowing the limited lawn and landscape watering will use an estimated 80 million gallons of water a day, or as much as 10 percent of last summer’s total.”

Again confusing with numbers. What time during last Summer was only 80 million gallons of water used a day. From above they already told you they used 800 million to 900 million gallons of water every day in the 61-county area under Restrictions. What they are not saying is, 80 million gallons of water a day over a month(30 Days) is 2 billion 4 hundred million gallons a month, to Keep you lawn green. This does not according to them, include Necessary every day use.


“The governor said he hasn’t decided whether to let fountains run this summer, including the popular tourist destination in Centennial Olympic Park.”

Why do lawmakers act and think dumber than they are. We all know how Fountains work. They recycle water through a pump. This has nothing to do with consuming water.


Perdue said if the drought continues to worsen and water use spikes, the restrictions may need to be reimposed. “I’m trusting people to do the right thing.” Perdue also said the state cannot conserve its way out of the drought. “But we want to do the right thing,” he said. “We want to send the right signal to our neighbors in Florida and Alabama. This small relaxation does not diminish that one iota.”

Trusting People to do the right thing? We are supposed to be trusting you to do the Right thing, and you’re NOT. Sending the right signals to our neighbors in Florida and Alabama. What are you telling them here? Go ahead, use the remaining water in anyway you see fit. Keep your lawns green and your pools full, and don’t worry about that thirst you have; because you will be DEAD SOON.


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Photo’s by: Rich Addicks / AJC
More of these photo’s can be viewed here- http://projects.ajc.com/gallery/view/metro/addicks1111/

For more Information on the Drought Situation in Georgia…http://www.srh.noaa.gov/ffc/html/raindef.shtml

Information Source: Local News reports & Atlanta Journal Constitution

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