New drought victim? Water rides
Georgia's been suffering through a drought recently, and it's about to affect one more aspect of locals' lives.
Their water parks. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Six Flags Over Georgia might have to shut down three water rides this spring and summer, due to the lower water levels in the metro Atlanta area.
For someone living in an area where a major new waterpark (Aquatica) is about to open that's a fairly startling report.
Yeah, apparently the drought is approaching "seriously bad" levels for Atlanta. I don't recall what program I was listening to, but I heard someone on the radio mention that if the current situation didn't improve, the problem was going to reach critical mass around March (when people can't flush their toilets anymore). I think that was largely hyperbole, but this is still a very serious issue.
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)
I think all fountains and water parks and anything with unessary water should be shut down. There are some places in the south which have certain hours of the day that they have water and they have shut people off! I would hate to see that happen in Georgia.
Hello all and good day. I live just outside of Atlanta and I can tell you it is bad here. I have seen ponds and small lakes dry up here. I work for home depot in the plumbing dept. and I have had many people going over to well water in stead of city water. Atlanta and the surrounding area gets its water from a river that starts out from a spring!
I work at Stone Mountain Park located 16 miles east of Downtown Atlanta. We started making snow for our new Coca-Cola Snow Mountain attraction (snow tubing & a snow play area) last October when the Atlanta Journal-Constitution did a story on us and the amount of water being used. We had the necessary approvals at the time but decided to cancel the attraction for 2007-2008 due to the drought. In the same article about us SFoG was mentioned, saying that they shut down their 4 water attractions because of the drought even though they always close those attractions that late in the season due to decling attendance, staffing levels and colder weather.
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