The drought in the southern US has hit one town particularly hard. In Orme, Tennessee, people only have water for 3 hours per day – from 6-9pm. The water is literally trucked in from Alabama. Some guy drives an old truck two hours into Alabama, fills up at a fire hydrant, and drives back to TN to fill the town’s water tank. He makes the trip about 7 times per day, on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The town used to get its water from local streams, but they’ve dried up.
“All of these people that are on the river systems better take note, because once your streams and tributaries to the river start drying up, the river isn’t far behind,” Mayor Tony Reames said.
Orme has been living like this since August 1. That’s over 92 days.
What can we do to save water and prevent a disaster like the one hitting the South? Here are a few things to try at home:
- Take shorter showers
- Fix leaky toilets and faucets
- Use your rain barrel instead of running water to quench your plants
- Install low-flow showerheads
- Fill a water bottle and put it in your toilet tank to save water with each flush
- Do full loads of dishes and laundry (saves 1,000 gallons a month)
- Turn off the water when you brush your teeth, wash your face, and shave. Doing so saves 4 gallons per minute.
- Don’t buy bottled water
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