Drought taking its toll on Augusta

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News 12 at six o'clock, October 22, 2007

Augusta, GA---"Well it's the worst I've seen it since I've been here." Steve Little has lived in Augusta for close to ten years. One of the highlights was buying a lakefront home. But Steve says the view has changed, and this year's drought is to blame.

He says, "The dock is dry and you'd have to go about 4 or 5 neighbors up to another deck to be able to see any water at all." And things are worse in neighboring Atlanta. City leaders say they are weeks away from running out of drinking water.

As for Augusta, Clifford Goins with the Augusta Utilities Department says, "That could happen but the likelihood is very remote...We are absolutely blessed by the three reservoirs and the Savannah River."

Goins tells News 12, we pull about 50 to 80 million gallons of water per day from the Savannah River, and that's in just the Augusta-Richmond County area. Officials tell us it's not nearly as bad here as it is in Atlanta, and they're working to keep it that way.

Troyd Seymore is a meter reader. He says, "Sometimes we catch a little slack from customers cause they don't think that we read their meters everyday but you know we do."

Troyd keeps track of just how much water you use. He says there is one thing he hears often... "Read it now make sure you read it right, and I tell them you know hey I got you. I'm gone make sure I read it right."

Of course you'll have to do the right thing too. Mr. Goins says, "We're ok but I don't want to give the impression to the public that they can go out and just start watering umimpeded."

The watering times are between midnight and 10 AM on odd and even numbered days of the week according to your address. Meanwhile, Steve plans to keep an eye toward the clouds. He says, "It just doesn't seem to ever rain so I don't know when it's going to come to an end. I certainly would like to get the boat back in the water."

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