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What would you do without water? - Jaya Franklin

There has been a lot of talk about water shortages and preserving water in Georgia over the last couple of months.

Residents have been restricted from using outdoor water and urged not to allow the water to run while brushing their teeth. Wednesday morning, I caught myself wasting water by allowing it to run while brushing my teeth. After realizing it, I turned it off. But, then I begin to think what life would be like without water, or if water could only be used during a certain time of day.

For example, what if we could only use water in our homes from 7 p.m., to 9 p.m., and we didn't have the option to use it after 9 p.m., because our water company would cut off our water supply until the next time it could be used?

This would be a huge problem for me, especially considering the fact that I usually don't get home until around 9 p.m., on weekdays. Can't you imagine people rushing home to use their water before they went to bed, and if they couldn't make it, they would have to make a pit stop at a public place.

That would be pretty horrible.

Just think about when it comes to cooking, you wouldn't be able to rinse your meat before seasoning it, and you couldn't boil anything. Oh, and coffee drinkers would just have to eat the coffee grounds for a caffeine fix.

And what about washing your face and hands? I could see myself trying not to touch anything nasty, so that my hands could stay clean until the next time I could wash them.

This could get pretty bad. And what about the poor animals, who need water to survive?

At one point in time I hardly drank water. When my family moved to Georgia, it took me quite some time to get used to the taste of water in the South, as opposed to that in the Midwest. Sure, I could have bought spring water, but at that point in time, I was strongly against purchasing spring water.

I felt like it was the same water that I could get out of my faucet, but just in a pretty bottle and I had to pay extra for it. I changed my way of thinking about drinking more water, after one of my teachers told me what it could do for my skin, and after watching a documentary about some parts of Africa, where water isn't plentiful or sanitary.

It's sad to think about it, but most Americans hear these things and just shrug them off, because they feel it isn't their problem. But what will we do, if the same thing other countries have been dealing with for years hits the U.S.?

I guess it's true what they say: You never know what you have until it's gone.

Jaya Franklin covers government for the Henry Daily Herald. She can be reached at (770) 957-9161 or via e-mail at jfranklin@henryherald.com.