When it comes to drought conditions in the Atlanta area it may be "down to the dregs."
The "dregs" refers to dirty, bacteria-filled water that is close to the bottom of a reservoir or lake. With drought conditions worsening in Atlanta and its suburbs, the main water sources are nearly down to that level. That means stronger and more costly purification agents will be needed.
Municipal leaders are trying various solutions, new chemicals, dredging techniques and even ozone gas to destroy bacteria in the water.
Georgia officials warn there may be less than 80 days of safe
water available in Lake Lanier, the main area from which Atlanta
and others communities typically draw their water.