Category drought

How not to manage a drought situation

Atlanta is in a severe drought, yet a Pepsi plant in Atlanta slurps up 70.8 million gallons a month while a Dasani plant in Marietta uses 8.4 million gallons a month to produce bottled water – which residents are being…

Cokes, nukes, and droughts

With a Coca-Cola plant in Atlanta sucking up huge amounts of water and a nuclear reactor and coal power plant down the river doing the same, the southeast faces major problems because of the drought. How do you cut back?…

As the world burns

There are droughts worldwide now, with the US southwest and southeast suffering badly from them. TomDispatch has a long, thoughtful post about this asking, what happens if water really does run out somewhere? And doesn’t come back?

Brisbane cuts water uses 47%

In the face of serious drought, Brisbane residents have cut water use nearly in half. Dave Riley, who lives there, says let’s use this as a model for all resource management, for power consumption, recycling, and garbage. Then expand further…

Tennessee town has run out of water

The volunteer fire chief of Orme Tenn. wakes up at 5:30 am three days a week and makes a dozen round trips to a fire hydrant in Alabama, filling a fire truck with water, and bringing it back. At 6…

Town in San Diego has no water left

Firefighters drained the Ramona reservoir to fight the fire. Now there’s no water left and little possibility, considering the ongoing serious drought, that it will be replenished any time soon. What happens to a town of thousands when there’s no…

California has enough water

The trick is to conserve the valuable state resource, make wise decisions about how to use it and cut waste. Here’s how: Conservation. (Drought-tolerant plants. Metering. Smart watering systems.) Store groundwater more efficiently. (Especially during years with surpluses) Reuse wastewater…

The future is drying up

Thoughts and quotes from the superb New York Times magazine feature story on drought in the southwest. The problem Lake Mead, the enormous reservoir in Arizona and Nevada that supplies nearly all the water for Las Vegas, is half-empty, and…