Posted Monday, March 31, 2008 9:56 PM | Contributed by Jason Hammond
With the area's largest amusement park preparing to open full-time for public school students on spring break, crews are working to make sure some rides have enough water for the summer. About the same time most schools let out for spring break on April 4, Six Flags Over Georgia will begin drilling two wells to serve its most popular water attractions: Splashwater Falls and Thunder River. One well will serve each ride.
Read more from The Atlanta Journal Constitution.
Monday, March 31, 2008 10:17 PM
"More than half of the park's water is used in restrooms."
Thats something else, glad to see them doing something about it.
Tuesday, April 1, 2008 2:00 AM
^I don't see that as anything special. The other half is used in water rides. They waste a lot of water in restrooms while some of that water on the white water rafting ride gets recycled. Think of how many people enter the restrooms on a daily basis. When the water rides aren't open, they are still in there.
Tuesday, April 1, 2008 11:03 AM
Man, if they suck the water table dry, their coasters will start sinking. ;)
Tuesday, April 1, 2008 1:45 PM
Unfortunately, this still impacts the overall water supply for Atlanta. I don't know what the solution would be, most practically speaking, but in a city with such dire drought conditions, pulling any water from anywhere isn't helping anything. Ideally, Six Flags would shut down the water rides and use it as positive PR that they are concerned and vigilant to the water needs of the city of Atlanta and its residents, etc etc. But let's get real right? ;-)
Tuesday, April 1, 2008 3:15 PM
What bothers me more than the wells being drilled is turning off park drinking fountains. Just what I want in the summer: a hot, humid Georgia day and no access to drinking fountains...
Tuesday, April 1, 2008 3:53 PM
I'm surprised nobody has suggested waterless urinals yet....
Wednesday, April 2, 2008 11:55 AM
^LOL, turning off water fountains won't save ANY appreciable amount of water. Not running the main-entrance fountain, (and including the nice sign that says "we're saving water"), that was cool. Installing low-flow fixtures is another good idea.
Have to wonder why they were running the log flume at all when it was so cold last weekend that no one would ride anyway...that seemed kinda wasteful. Overall, the park is doing its part...but the water fountains just make me shake my head.
Wednesday, April 2, 2008 12:35 PM
The problem with Atlanta is that they grew too fast with no enough management of resources. Georgia have been in talks abut trying to get into the Tennessee River but that isn't going no where. I am glad of that since a good portion of Chattanooga will be in GA.
Sunday, April 6, 2008 4:21 PM
Yeah - wasn't it that Georgia wanted to shift their border with Tennessee to get at more of the water presently in Tennessee? Yeah - umm, good luck with that.