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. Georgia slashes water consumption amid historic drought

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Atlanta, Georgia (AFP) Oct 24, 2007
Georgia authorities have ordered drinking water distribution to be slashed as the state battles a historic drought that affects much of the southeastern United States.

State Governor Sonny Perdue ordered a 10 percent cut in supplies of drinking water, stressing this was just one of several measures taken as water supplies reach critical levels.

"In this unprecedented drought, we all have to pitch in and find ways to conserve our most precious resource," Perdue said after ordering the measure on Tuesday.

His press spokesman, Bill Brantley said the drought was the worst in at least a century.

"We are following the situation with huge concern," he said.

This restriction does not apply to distributors of water to farms.

The governor last week declared a state of emergency and asked for federal assistance.

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