Drought Worries: Could Atlanta Run Out of Water?

ATLANTA (AP) -- In the midst of a severe drought, Georgia's governor has gone to court to keep as much water in his state as possible.

He's asking a federal judge to force the Army Corps of Engineers to reduce the amount of water draining from Georgia reservoirs into Alabama and Florida.

There are fears that Atlanta could soon run out of water. State officials say a reservoir that supplies more than 3 million residents could be depleted in less than three months. Smaller reservoirs are dropping even lower.

The Corps of Engineers says there's enough water to supply Atlanta for months.

Atlanta's mayor wants to explore piping in additional sources of water, including sea water from Georgia's Atlantic coast.

Some are suggesting that Georgia should start using partially treated waste water for purposes other than drinking.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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