well there won't be a water war between Tennessee and Georgia. The Tn Governor made a law a few years back that Georgia couldn't have any water from Tennessee reservoirs. Problem solved there.
Georgia is in a fix though, particularly Atlanta. It's not from Atlanta being wasteful as has been suggested. It's just there are a LOT of people here. As well the Corps of Engineers has been letting more water flow down the river from Lanier than would be flowing had there not been any dams on the river at all, given the drought situation. As of yesterday, the Corp has agreed to stop the full-flow release of the water from Lanier, and scale it back to a more natural flow. Of course, this is going to get Alabama and Florida in a tizzy.
It's Alabama and Florida that have a beef with Georgia. Most of us are doing our part here with the total ban on outdoor water use. I know my habits have changed for certain. "If its yellow let it mellow, if it's brown flush it down" is kind of gross, but you get used to it. I finally broke down after 9 months of not washing my truck, I took it to a car wash that recycles their water. My rock-tumbling hobby has become a pain too. Usually I just get out in the driveway with a hose to rinse them off, and since I can't use water outside, I've resorted to a bucket. I now see that before I was probably using 10+ gallons of water per rinse, and now it's down to about 3 gallons. (you can't do this in the sink or the polishing compounds will turn into cement in your drain-pipes)
I don't know what to do with my cave gear.. my new pads are crusted and dry - I'm just not allowed to rinse them off in the driveway. I certainly don't want to wash a bunch of cave mud down the drain either. I don;t know what we're going to do with our clothes next time we come home from a really muddy cave trip. I guess I'll have to break the law and hose them off, and I'll feel guilty and paranoid the whole time. What else can I do?
My yard has been brown and crispy for a while, but I don't like to mow anyway, so that's no big loss to me.
Now from what I understand from what I hear on the news, is that Alabama doesn't have any water restrictions at least on a statewide level. This has to change. It's a valid argument that there just aren't as many people living in Alabama - less people using water. True enough, but if we're all in this together (which we are, because of the watershed) everyone needs to conserve no matter how large the town.
I hate to be a snitch, but I turned in a nearby apartment complex because they had a car-washing station that the tenants there were washing their cars night and day. It really got me hacked off that we're over here doing our part to conserve, and they're just running that hose day and night. Yup, I turned them in and they shut it down. Good.
Sorry to ramble, but other Georgians can testify with me that this is a situation that you can't turn around without running into it. It's on the news every hour, and just has become the biggest news story in the state now - thankfully too as I think folks were sick of hearing about Michael Vick.
We need the rain, and eventually we'll get it and it won't take long before we're complaining about it raining all the time. But for now, it's pretty scary.
It's interesting though, that the indigenous plants and trees have not suffered visibly. There has been just enough rain to keep them watered. Grass and sod hasn't fared well though, but they're not exactly natural. Maybe one day my dream will come true, and manicured lawns will become a thing of the past!