Whatchya gonna do when the well runs dry?

I'm gonna run away and hide!

(credit to "Fats" Domino)

A good question--not a very good answer!
Industry uses 80% of the water, homes use 20%.

Where should we look first to reduce the usage? Use the Pareto Principle and you will know!

Why aren't we doing it?
No one wants to be first to suggest it! There are no "Profiles in Courage" people anymore.

Haven't even found an active General yet that is one!

It apparently has "been resolved" (be it resolved) that we will wait until Atlanta gets thirsty, let them lick their dry lips awhile, and then we will do what is necessary---that is easier.

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Submitted by River on Wed, 12/12/2007 - 10:18pm.

Well, you got me to look that up out of curiosity. For the rest of you, it's the 80-20 rule. Assuming that 80% of our water use goes to industry, what exactly are you proposing? I'm guessing that we could save the most water by getting industry to cut back on water usage. That's a reasonable interim measure, but in the long run we need more water.

The real "killer" in my opinion is uncontrolled population growth, especially on the east coast, including the Atlanta area. That's also the main cause factor to our other shortages, such as crude oil.

At least with water, there is a long-term solution, although it would be expensive. Desalinization. Most of us who were in the military in the last 20 years or so have been to the middle east, and we got to see firsthand that Saudi Arabia in particular gets most of its fresh water from a huge desalinization plant that draws water from the Persian Gulf. I believe they use reverse osmosis. The bad news is that they have to pipe the water a couple of hundred miles across the desert.It's expensive, but the supply of sea water is virtually unlimited. We could do the same thing in this country, and probably will, sooner or later. Meanwhile, pray for rain!!

Submitted by Nitpickers on Thu, 12/13/2007 - 8:00am.

You apparently don't understand smith's use of the Pareto principle!

Industry uses almost all of the water---not people.Politicians like industry, not people.

What we have always needed are about three more water storage lakes like Lanier. The state knew it 25 years ago but it cost money and taxes would have had to go up. so.......

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