ATLANTA (AP) -- It was 13 years ago that residents of the city of
Macon, Ga., ran out of water and people had to stand in line to
fill plastic jugs.
That scene could be repeated soon in Atlanta and other cities in
the drought stricken Southeast.
The state of Georgia says it has lined up contracts with vendors
to bring in bottled water and tanker trucks that could dispense
water into jugs, jars and buckets. However, neither the state nor
the city of Atlanta nor the Georgia National Guard has worked out
where the water would be distributed and how.
In North Carolina, officials in Durham fear there's less than 59
days of premium water left in its Lake Michie and Little River
reservoirs. In nearby Raleigh, there is about 100 days of water
left in its Falls Lake reservoir.
Durham enacted fresh water use restrictions this week, banning
outdoor irrigation and limiting hand-watering to a few hours a
week. Raleigh may move to Stage 2 restrictions if the supply drops
below 90 days.