Georgia officials say preparations are needed to mitigate water shortage
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December 6 '07: The Associated Press reported state officials at the Georgia Emergency Management Agency are working on water shortage mitigation plans in the face of a looming crisis. According to the AP, Georgia residents "may be down to just a few months of easily accessible water, and the faucets could run dry if reservoirs aren't replenished soon."
Buzz Weiss, a spokesman for the Georgia Emergency Management Agency said the most important thing "is to be prepared." On its website, GEMA is working to reduce water consumption for residents and businesses through the Drought Response Unified Command (DRUC).The command, a joint venture among state agencies is encouraging "residential and non-residential users, such as businesses, to conserve as much water as possible on a daily basis." If the shortage gets bad enough, "the city of Atlanta and the Georgia National Guard ... could be called into action by the governor to deliver water in an emergency," the AP reported. Currently, water vendors are working with Federal Emergency Management Agency to discuss ways to help the state's possible plans. Johnny Wingers, the director of Macon, Georgia's emergency management agency told the AP that after Tropical Storm Alberto knocked out the local water supply for nearly three weeks, several millions of gallons of water were trucked to 26 staging areas around the city while 2,200 portable bathrooms were brought in. "I get chill bumps thinking about it. ... It's 21 days, I'll never forget. It burned an indelible impression in my brain."
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