Tennessee

Brown water, beaver battle among early signs of water woes

  • FILE- In this Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016, file photo, Lake Purdy which has receded several feet due to drought, leaves dry, cracked ground where lake water should use to be, in Birmingham, Ala. Though water shortages have yet to drastically change most people's lifestyles, southerners are beginning to realize that they'll need to save their drinking supplies with no end in sight to an eight-month drought. Already, watering lawns and washing cars is restricted in some parts of the South, and more severe water limits loom if long-range forecasts of below-normal rain hold true through the rest of 2016. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

    FILE- In this Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016, file photo, Lake Purdy which has receded several feet due to drought, leaves dry, cracked ground where lake water should use to be, in Birmingham, Ala. Though water shortages have yet to drastically change most people's lifestyles, southerners are beginning to realize that they'll need to save their drinking supplies with no end in sight to an eight-month drought. Already, watering lawns and washing cars is restricted in some parts of the South, and more severe water limits loom if long-range forecasts of below-normal rain hold true through the rest of 2016. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016 file photo, an abandoned boat sits in the remains of a dried out pond in Dawson, Ala. Though water shortages have yet to drastically change most people's lifestyles, southerners are beginning to realize that they'll need to save their drinking supplies with no end in sight to an eight-month drought. Already, watering lawns and washing cars is restricted in some parts of the South, and more severe water limits loom if long-range forecasts of below-normal rain hold true through the rest of 2016. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

    FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016 file photo, an abandoned boat sits in the remains of a dried out pond in Dawson, Ala. Though water shortages have yet to drastically change most people's lifestyles, southerners are beginning to realize that they'll need to save their drinking supplies with no end in sight to an eight-month drought. Already, watering lawns and washing cars is restricted in some parts of the South, and more severe water limits loom if long-range forecasts of below-normal rain hold true through the rest of 2016. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE- In this Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016 file photo, a floating swim line lays on the shore as Lake Lanier water levels stand about eight feet below normal as U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Natural Resources Manager Nick Baggett casts a shadow in Buford, Ga. Though water shortages have yet to drastically change most people's lifestyles, southerners are beginning to realize that they'll need to save their drinking supplies with no end in sight to an eight-month drought. Already, watering lawns and washing cars is restricted in some parts of the South, and more severe water limits loom if long-range forecasts of below-normal rain hold true through the rest of 2016. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

    FILE- In this Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016 file photo, a floating swim line lays on the shore as Lake Lanier water levels stand about eight feet below normal as U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Natural Resources Manager Nick Baggett casts a shadow in Buford, Ga. Though water shortages have yet to drastically change most people's lifestyles, southerners are beginning to realize that they'll need to save their drinking supplies with no end in sight to an eight-month drought. Already, watering lawns and washing cars is restricted in some parts of the South, and more severe water limits loom if long-range forecasts of below-normal rain hold true through the rest of 2016. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)  (The Associated Press)

Beaver dams have been demolished, burbling fountains silenced, and the drinking water in one southern town has taken on the light brownish color of sweet tea.

Though water shortages have yet to drastically change most people's lifestyles, southerners are beginning to realize that they'll need to save their drinking supplies with no end in sight to an eight-month drought.

Already, watering lawns and washing cars is restricted in some parts of the South. More severe limits loom if forecasts of below-normal rain hold true through the rest of 2016.

One harbinger of the drought arrived without warning in Chris Benson's bathroom in Griffin, Georgia. The brown water in the bathtub was the result of high levels of manganese that showed up after the water level in the city's reservoir dropped.