If I heard this once I heard this a thousand times. This was probably the most popular of my grandmother Mammy’s sayings. I remember hearing it all the time. She sometimes even misapplied it I think she liked it so much – just to be able to say it. She could be talking about modern-day Atlanta.

The situation is dire. For the first time in over 100 years, much of the southeastern United States is experiencing severe drought. Atlanta might run out of water by January. Read that last sentence again to yourself….slowly. It has reduced Governor Sonny Perdue to publicly pray for rain:

“We’ve come together here simply for one reason and one reason only: To very reverently and respectfully pray up a storm,” Perdue said after a choir provided a hymn.

“It’s time to appeal to him who can and will make a difference,” Perdue told the crowd.

“God, we need you,” Perdue said. “We need rain.”

Despite obvious problems with the official use of a religious service to appeal for rain, the most striking thing I found is what you hear local people down south saying about the current crisis:

Orme, a former mining town in Tennessee that has always relied on water from a mountain spring, has dried up with a severity that has stunned America.

“When I saw the supplies, I thought, ‘That can’t be the Red Cross. We’re Americans!‘,” said resident Susan Anderson.

It’s made us realise how wasteful we used to be. We used to think nothing of keeping it on while we washed our teeth. Now, when we hear the whistle of the water in the pipes at 6pm, we’ll go and fill up as many jugs as we can find.”

Nope. You never miss the water ’til the well runs dry. Hummer owners are probably bitching as we speak about $3.29/gal gasoline. You never miss the petrol ’til the pump runs high.

The water shortages have even sparked a kind of “water rage”:

An Atlanta TV station named and shamed a millionaire after it emerged he consumed 60 times more than the average household.

Evil liberal Atlanta media. What do they want? Water redistribution? If the millionaire can afford such consumption, then so be it. He was probably poor not so long ago with all the income mobility we have nowadays.

I have no problem with prayer. Positive thinking and focused mental energy is good for us all. But I do stop to wonder whether Sonny conferred with local meteorologists before taking up his rain dance:

Meteorologists said earlier this week there was a slight possibility of rain Tuesday, with some more rain in the forecast Wednesday.

Given how much water conventional energy sources use up, you have to wonder if those currently suffering drought in southeastern states will pressure their legislators to resist the lobbying against renewable energy.

Yep. You never miss the water…

 
  • I’ve been working in Atlanta for months and have seen the impact of the drought everywhere.

    The news is full of drought-related stories- some of the best coming this week with the governor’s big prayer fest and the millionaire water waster.

    You also see a lot of places switching from metal silverware and glass cups to disposable plastic ones to avoid having to use water for washing dishes.

    Good thing there isn’t a shortage on the oil needed to make all of that plastic- or a shortage on landfill space to store it once it becomes trash.

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