Published: January 25, 2008 at 12:03 AM
A big issue for Atlanta, from what I've read, is negligently poor planning, allowing the area to add millions of new residents with securing significant new water rights. (At least L.A. had the foresight to rip off the Owens River valley those many years ago. /sarcasm)
From what I understand, a flume ride that just recirculates its water often doesn't use as much as an attraction (such as a water slide), where people will come into contact with the water, requiring a constantly fresh supply. So that might be in play here.
Also, it might not be an issue here, but a drought provides a handy excuse to shut down a ride that needs maintenance work done for leaks. No sense paying for leaking water when rates are going up, after all.