Tennessee town has run out of water

Doug Deal posted this article in the comments of Buzz ‘s post yesterday that was really interesting.

Water restrictions in Orme are nothing new. But residents say it’s never been this bad.

Even last summer, as the water supply dwindled, city leaders cut off water only at night. But in August, [Mayor] Reames took the most extreme step yet and restricted use to three hours a day.

“I feel for the folks in Atlanta,” he says, his gravelly voice barely rising above the sound of rushing water from the town’s tank. “We can survive. We’re 145 people. You’ve got 4.5 million people down there. What are they going to do? It’s a scary thought.”

I like this guy’s perspective. Here he is, mayor of a town that has water 3 hrs a day, 2/3rds of their city budget goes to paying to use firetrucks to haul water from an Alabama fire-hydrant, and he has sympathy for the folks down here.

Then there is this story:

Australia’s long-running drought claimed a bizarre fatality when a 66-year-old man was bashed to death while watering his lawn, police said.


  1. gatormathis says:

    So now we flash back to recent months as gas prices rose.

    I remember several comments on how we could “burn” water, using the oxygen/hydrogen seperation as fuel, and it would be the “perfect” fuel.

    Water is “everywhere”, and in abundance, supporters of the proposal said.

    Now folks ain’t even got enough to wash they ass.

    ………go figure………

  2. jsm says:

    My aunt lives in Morristown, TN, and hasn’t seen the first water restriction. Folks up there were watering their lawns all summer. In fact, she said the neighbors in her newly constructed subdivision had sowed grass three times because of bad soil and had watered regularly to try to establish a lawn.

    I guess the TVA has plenty of water and nobody minds the lakes dwindling down to trickles as we saw on our drive back home.

  3. rugby_fan says:

    I have family who own a farm in northwest New South Wales and they are used to the cycle of drought in rural Australia.

    Several months to a year or more of drought and then massive floods.

    This drought is so bad that they have stopped worrying about the lack of rain. When that happens, you know the situation is bad.

  4. jm says:

    OK, in that case in Australia, the argument arose over watering restrictions. The dead guy was right, he was alowed to water his lawn. But the neighbor didn’t think so; they argued, and the guy got killed.

    I can see that happen here in Georgia…except one difference: the murder weapon will be a thirty ought six instead of a shovel….

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