Early signs of drought in­clude brown wa­ter in some ar­eas

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - NEWS -

AT­LANTA » Beaver dams have been de­mol­ished, bur­bling foun­tains si-lenced, and the drink­ing wa­ter in one south­ern town has taken on the light brown­ish color of sweet tea. Though wa­ter short­ages have yet to dras­ti­cally change most peo­ple's life­styles, south­ern­ers are be­gin­ning to re­al­ize that they'll need to save their drink­ing sup­plies with no end in sight to an eight-month drought. Al­ready, wa­ter­ing lawns and wash­ing cars is re­stricted in some parts of the South, and more se­vere wa­ter lim­its loom if long-range fore-casts of be­low-nor­mal rain hold true through the rest of 2016. In Grif­fin, Ge­or­gia, the prob­lem was that city's reser­voir is nearly 8 feet be­low nor­mal, leav­ing "a high level of man­ganese" in the re­main­ing wa­ter, but not mak­ing it un­safe, city of­fi­cials told res­i­dents this month. It's no bet­ter in Ten­nessee, where about 300 of the state's 480 wa­ter sys­tems serve ar­eas suf­fer­ing moder-ate to ex­cep­tional drought. — The Associated Press

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