Its snowing at Stone Mountian

As northern Georgia suffers through a monumental drought and the toughest water restrictions ever imposed, Stone Mountain is using up to 38 gallons of water a minute

16 comments

  1. Doug Deal says:

    Economics is not understood by most people. Like the cries of “price gouging” during emergencies. “Gouging” does two things that price controls cannot.

    1) It brings in emergency supplies from outside the region as people have a profit motive to bring them.

    2) It prevents the practice of hoarding. If gasoline is $6.00, you can bet that the people filling up will be filling up because they have a need, not “just in case”. Hoarding supplies is what turns emergencies into a disaster.

    Now, turning back to water; if the state would just inch the price of water up until demand is in line with supply, people will conserve, especially businesses. However, since water is a monopoly, there needs to be something, probably regulation that reduces the prices when supplies go back up in order to prevent the water works from getting addicted to the new flow of cash.

  2. CHelf says:

    But why is it that we now have neighbor turning neighbor in over a washing of the car but yet a company who is pulling thousands of gallons out of a county water system to build up a solid layer of snow is given a pass? We even have other businesses limited on what they can do and many even voluntarily going beyond that.

    Someone cannot even water their grass but yet we have a company through a newspaper flaunting the ability to dump thousands of gallons onto a field for the sake of a few bucks.

    Maybe all of those people at the two lakes above Atlanta who cannot even reach their boats in water will get free admission?

  3. Bill Simon says:

    Doug,

    To your point of “if the state would just inch the price up per gallon”…we do not have ONE source for water in this state.

    Each municipality operates their own water system and I don’t think the state has any regulatory influence on the price of a gallon of water.

    I do fault the Guv for not acting a lot sooner in placing a statewide ban on outdoor usage. It’s not as if they didn’t know at the beginning of the summer that rainfall for the region was already low for the year, if not the decade. All of his ag-buddies in Georgia have been concerned for months about the lack of adequate water supplies.

    By the way…which IS more important to you: Your “right” to piss away water to make your lawn a “lush green” or having enough water on an ongoing basis to flush your toilet without worrying out the stench that might ensue were there not another 2.5 gallons of fresh water right behind it?

  4. jsm says:

    Isn’t there a pond/small lake at the bottom of that hill? Are they not pumping the water out of it to make snow? It would flow right back down into it as it melts.

    On the issue of conservation, I learned this year how much water my home’s air conditioner produces as condensate. I collected about 2 gallons/day until high temperatures eased a little recently. That free water helped keep drier sections of my lawn looking half-way decent.

  5. drjay says:

    no the article said they did not want lake/pond water b/c the water from the tap would make prettier snow for the attraction–is there a big clamoring for snow on stone mountain that i am not aware of–shouldn’t they wait until it gets a littler colder for such silliness?

  6. Doug Deal says:

    Bill,

    We do have once source of water, it is called rain (or snow). Rain that falls on the wathersheds that feed the rivers and aquifers around the state.

  7. drjay says:

    well if they are making snow on stone mountain–then they can help end the drought by creating a new source of water like the one you are talking about…to feed the rivers and such

  8. LoyaltyIsMyHonor says:

    Shorter showers and baths? No way for me. I’ll continue to take a bath every Saturday night whether I need one or not.

  9. griftdrift says:

    And here’s the great part! It’s only type of case they cannot refuse to hear.

    Some of you lawyering folk should look at getting additional licenses. I can hear your Alabama brethren already counting their money.

  10. jm says:

    Water is cheap. Gas was cheap, and then became relatively expensive.. .but that never meant we used less.

    http://tonto.eia.doe.gov/dnav/pet/hist/mgfupus1m.htm

    In July 2000 we used 267,906,000. July 2007 (the last month stats were available) we used 298,296,000. Thats an 11% increase in usage during a time when prices rose around 300%.

    Water is much cheaper, and I think raising the price would do very little to decrease consumption. It ain’t 1974, you know.

  11. Bill Simon says:

    Doug,

    Do you believe there is ONE water treatment plant for the country?

    No, would be the obvious answer. Every municipality either operates its own treatment plant or buys from someone who does. All of these plants operate at different efficiences and have different distribution systems.

    To make the conversation about water in terms of there being “one source” is like the big-mouth at the Stone Mountain park who said yesterday “This country uses 400 billion gallons of water a day…we’re just going to use 40,000 gallons a day for our little snow mountain. ” Yeah, right. THAT’S a logical comparison.

  12. Doug Deal says:

    Bill,

    I wasn;t interested in correct ALL of the probelms with your assumptions in your post, I just pointed out that all water comes from the same place, and that it is not really an asset that should or can be owned by individuals. Water knows no property lines or even municipal jurisdictions.

    To that in, there is a compelling state interest in regulating water. Further, to that end, the state should and does have the power to tax if it must, water use to discourage it’s use, which (in effect) sets the price of water.

    I am not big on regulation, but when it comes to natural resources required for survival like water and air or monopolies like utilities, the state should have a hand in things.

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