State officials don’t have much of a plan in place because they don’t think it’s very likely that we’ll run out of water.
Tim Cash, the chairman of the state’s Drought Response Working Group said:
“We have not gotten to the planning stages for someone running out of water because we don’t think we’re even close to being there… Right now, I don’t have a vision for a worst-case scenario.“
He also said that:
“nobody out there is at imminent peril of their water supply disappearing tomorrow“.
I think we knew that. We’re more worried about next year. Mr. Cash seems to agree:
“We are trying to anticipate what could be further down the road in ’08 if the drought continues to worsen, which I believe everyone is expecting it to do.“
Let me get this straight; he agrees that the drought will likely get worse next year, but doesn’t even need to consider a worst-case scenario? In addition, they’re…
“not talking to the city of Atlanta. The city of Atlanta water supply looks good.“
I know it looks pretty good right now, but we’re talking about millions of people, which will require the most preparation in case of disaster. You’d hope they were at least discussing things at this point.
In a similar vein Buzz Weiss, a spokesman for the Georgia Emergency Management Agency said:
“I don’t really think there’s a sense we’ll be at a point where there is no water.“
All of this worries me a little bit. We’ve still got a good bit of water left, but no one knows what next year will bring. If it’s dry, we could potentially be in big trouble. I had assumed that the state was starting to get plans to together to prepare for that possibility, but it seems I was wrong.
I’m not suggesting we panic quite yet (we’ve still got roughly 150 days left) , but the “just in case” planning needs to get in gear.
Anyhow, read the article at the AJC for the full story.