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franklin county times

Enough sacrifice is enough

By Staff
The rain in the past few days has been a very welcome sight but in terms of alleviating the drought we are currently experiencing, it was just a drop in the bucket.
The drought across the South is so severe that Georgia's governor, Sonny Perdue, has asked President George Bush to declare a state of disaster, which would give Georgia the ability to stop the release of water from Lake Lanier outside Atlanta to communities downstream in Alabama.
Most Franklin County residents will recall that local utility boards asked the public to exercise restraint this summer with regards to watering lawns and washing cars.
The City of Birmingham went so far as to impose ordinances against it.
The exercise of a little common sense likely saved Alabamians the same problem facing Georgians – or at least put it off a little.
When it comes to conservation tips like conserving energy and water, many people think, "What can I do? I'm just one person."
One person, plus one person, plus one person and so on adds up to a lot of people who can make a big difference. Alabama did our part to save what water we could. Our lakes are low just like Georgia's, but we bit the bullet in order to have drinking water this fall. We shouldn't suffer because our neighbors didn't.