Best Reason Atlanta Shouldn't Secede

We need more water

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Don’t tell anybody, but WE NEED MORE WATER, and we’re going to do whatever the hell we can to get our hands on it. One of the long-ignored problems of metro Atlanta is that the region sustains itself on one of the smallest water supplies in the country, Lake Lanier. In part because of a faulty monitoring device installed last year, partly because of Mother Nature and partly because of rapacious development, we’re being asked to conserve. Meanwhile, the state continues its thirsty grab for a pipeline from the Tennessee River and to slurp in the resource from other water basins as the drought lingers. (The levels of Lake Lanier are mimicking last year’s lows that sent a collective “oh shit” throughout the region.) And because we someday may just have to stretch our straw into our rural neighbors’ ponds, you’ll see metro Atlanta beholden to the boonies for a long time to come.

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