In spite of rain, drought lingers across metro Atlanta - CBS46 News

In spite of rain, drought lingers across metro Atlanta

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Following a fall and winter of near-record dry conditions, water experts across Georgia are concerned the summer months will lead to harsh water restrictions for people and businesses.

"(Summer) is not the time when our water bodies re-charge, this is the time when they drop," said Kathy Nguyen of the Cobb County Water System.  "We're very concerned about that."

She pointed to Lake Lanier, which is still eight feet below full pool leading into the season when it would normally drop several feet due to evaporation and water demands.  Prior to the 2007 drought, it was only one foot below normal, yet still dropped 20 feet over the next several months.

Unless rain fall totals continue to mount this spring and summer, Nguyen said a level three drought could be put into place, which would mean a total ban on any outdoor watering.

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