So much for the economy

This would suck.:

If Georgia orders watering restrictions in metro Atlanta beyond the current outdoor ban, it will be taking drought-fighting steps that not even arid Southern California or Las Vegas has had to make.

As the state considers restrictions on commercial and industrial users, water experts around the nation say they don’t recall any major U.S. metro area being forced into such dire drought measures in about two decades.

Guess we better start praying for rain.


  1. Donkey Kong says:

    I have heard from a number of students and professors in Athens that the university would consider shutting down school for a few weeks until the water situation improves, and instead taking classes over Christmas break. I’m not sure if this is a serious consideration by the Board of Regents/Adams administration or not, but I’ve heard this from a number of folks in Athens.

  2. Bill Simon says:

    UGA shutting down? Are they open at any other time besides the weekend for tailgating and football? What else goes on there if it’s not a weekend football game?

  3. Jmac says:

    That’s a rumor that’s not founded Donkey Kong. UGA has cut back on water consumption by more than 20 percent and is doing any outdoor water by pulling water from Lake Herrick, which is a small, recreational lake at the Intramural Fields.

    Plus, shutting down the school wouldn’t do much. It would just shift the students either back to their hometowns to consume water or have them remain in Athens-Clarke County, consuming the same quantity of water from a different venue.

  4. In the loop says:

    What JMac said.

    This rumor started when a landscaper suggested at a televised meeting that the Athens-Clarke commission cancel home football games and send students home rather than ban outdoor watering. The idea’s popped up in a couple letters to the editor, etc.

    Obviously, it’s a ridiculous idea. You might as well cancel life as cancel classes at UGA.

  5. Donkey Kong says:

    JMac, ITL,

    Thanks for the clarification.

    I was hoping Pres. Adams would announce the next water-saving measure would be to encourage the consumption of non-water beverages.

  6. Donkey Kong says:

    BTW, ITL,

    I’ve also heard from a number of folks in Athens that the quality of the ABH has increased markedly since your arrival. Keep up the good work.

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