More water cuts coming for Fayette

Thu, 10/25/2007 - 8:18pm
By: John Munford

Future may bring throwaway plates at school cafeterias, restaurants; county marshals now on 24 hour shifts for water ban patrols; county to increase fines and penalties for violators

Under an edict by Gov. Sonny Perdue, Fayette residents will have to become more judicious with their water usage, officials said Thursday night.

Perdue is ordering a 10 percent cut in water usage for the months of November through March based on the historical monthly usage figures from last year, Water System Director Tony Parrott told the Fayette County Commission Thursday night.

That means the county will have to cut about 1.3 million gallons a day somehow, Parrott said. Not all details of the governor's requirement have been made available yet but will be forthcoming, Parrott said.

The county met this week with representatives from the cities, the board of education and the county’s largest water users such as Hoshizaki in Peachtree City, which has a goal of cutting its water usage by 40 percent in the next year, officials said.

One possible significant change could come at local schools and other restaurants in the county: switching to disposable dishes that won’t have to be washed, said Acting County Manager Jack Krakeel.

Also forthcoming will be stricter water violation rules and penalties recommended by county staff. Currently, the county allows for a fine ranging between $10 and $100 for violators, Krakeel said; Peachtree City, meanwhile, has a fine of up to $1,000.

The county water system currently also lacks the authority to turn off service and lock the water meters of offenders, Krakeel said. Such extreme measures are already being employed in other metro Atlanta areas as a deterrent and enforcement measure according to various news reports.

Already the county marshal’s office has changed to 24-hour a day coverage so they can patrol for abusers of the state’s outdoor watering ban, Krakeel said.

The county, cities and the board of education have put together a subcommittee that will be working on sharing water conservation ideas with citizens. Those suggestions will be posted on the county’s web site at and perhaps also on the local access cable channel as well as here at

Krakeel said he has been pleased with the initial response of support for the business community from not only the top water users but also during a recent presentation he made to the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce.

Fayette County has 200 days worth of water stored on hand, putting it in far better shape than other areas of Georgia that are watching their supply dwindle rapidly.

Fayette also has been at the forefront of the recent switch to the outdoor watering ban, saving 28 percent from the previous water usage levels. County Commission Chairman Jack Smith said if he recalled correctly the numbers shared at a recent regional meeting, the next closest water system to Fayette recorded an 18 percent savings.

The county already has enacted several water-saving measures such as the complete shutoff of all irrigation systems on county property, Krakeel said. All auto washing is on hold unless the emergency vehicles become so dirty as to obstruct their reflective lettering, which could create a safety hazard, he added.

It’s also possible the county may get more water savings by installing low-use water fixtures, Krakeel said.

Krakeel said the county department heads have been told all county employees are expected to set a good example in their water usage for the rest of the community.

The county has also shut off water meters used for irrigation only such as subdivision entrances, and there may be more opportunities to reap savings from similar situations, Krakeel said.

After the meeting, Krakeel said of the citizens contacted by the marshal’s department for outdoor watering, many of them were on well-served water systems, which exempts them from the watering restrictions.

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Submitted by ElVee on Fri, 10/26/2007 - 9:03am.

My water bill is close to the minimum every month just because I'm a stingy old skinflint. In order to conserve even more, I'm imposing the universally-despised "Navy shower" on the family. I'm giving each of us 5 minutes each of "water time" in the shower per day.

1. Turn on water.
2. Wet entire body.
3. Turn off water.
4. Soap up and shampoo.
5. Turn on water and rinse off.

I'll stick a bucket in the shower while it's warming up (I'm not cruel enough to make them take a -cold- Navy shower) and use that water for brushing teeth, flushing the toilet or watering plants. If you are really harsh with the water use (and have really short hair), you can take a Navy shower using as little as 3-5 gallons of water.

If things get really desperate, we'll switch to the "bucket shower", but that's brutal in the winter.

Submitted by McDonoughDawg on Fri, 10/26/2007 - 3:06pm.

I'll be taking a regular shower. Contrary to popular belief, you can't take it with you when you go from this good Earth.

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Submitted by G35 Dude on Mon, 10/29/2007 - 12:07pm.

I haven't washed my car or watered plants in a while. But before I go so far as messing with my shower or more drastic measures I'll want to hear that no more new building permits are being issued.

Submitted by Nitpickers on Fri, 10/26/2007 - 11:01am.

Only wash the "stinking" parts with a wash cloth and soap---leave the soap.
Run a pipe from the roof to a barrel in a tree as a cistern for showering, indoors or outdoors!
Stop using water to brush teeth. Bottled wash only from chemicals, from elsewhere.
A canvas roundabout in back yard for when it does rain for a real shower.
Use very thin paper (not plastic) plates and then burn them in a barrel or your grill.
Haul your own water in barrels from the mountains.
Dig Johnny Houses out back with a brick wall around it.
(Requires a new ordinance)
Drink diet, no caffeine drinks from Michigan and the Great Lakes.

Submitted by GTgirl on Fri, 10/26/2007 - 6:56am.

The idea of moving to disposable dishes in schools and restaurants begs the question, How long until the tree huggers complain about all the extra refuse being dumped into landfills? We better hope these disposable dishes are biodegradable or they'll sic Al Gore on us! Hehe.

Submitted by Nitpickers on Fri, 10/26/2007 - 10:52am.

I assume from your writing that you are for filling up the landfills with plastic? There will come a day for our great grandchildren when they will wonder what a real tree looks like!

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Submitted by TonyF on Fri, 10/26/2007 - 6:20am.

Water, water, every where,
Nor any drop to drink.

O wad some Power the giftie gie us,To see oursels as ithers see us!
(R. Burns)
If we could see ourselves as others see us, we would vanish on the spot.
(E. M. Cioran)

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Submitted by Git Real on Thu, 10/25/2007 - 8:55pm.

I stopped watering a several weeks back in an effort to maintain safe ground water levels just in case this drought worsens. Boy, saying we could use a little rain is certainly an understatement these days.


"That man was Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Scott Ballard".


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Submitted by shadowalker on Fri, 10/26/2007 - 11:46am.

the best way is everyone shave there head and you want need the shampoo and then rinse and then conditioner and then rinse

also fayette countians better stand up and thank tony parrott for
having enought forward thought to start pushing for all our lakes
and water resviors years ago


Submitted by wildcat on Thu, 10/25/2007 - 9:36pm.

I adhered to the odd/even thing all summer. I, however, never use sprinklers; I stand out there and meditate while I water. That's how I get my yin and yang in harmony. So my plants didn't get hours upon hours of water this summer because I don't have THAT much time (several died). I haven't watered anything since school started and, consequently, my yin and yang is really out of whack (and more plants have died). I've decided to not press my luck with the well. The rain has really helped. I swear I could hear my plants sighing.

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