Down in Atlanta they’re flush with pride over what they’re doing on global warming. Georgia has faced a draught so severe that the governor and the state legislature had a special session in which they prayed for rain. At the capital city's Hartsfield/Jackson airport, a task force is busy looking for ways to save water, of which it uses over 900,000 gallons a day. One of the first steps they’ve taken is to end that charming old practice of a fire-truck water-cannon salute for every landing by a pilot who’s about to retire. The airport is also springing a leak team to make the rounds of the 4,800-acre facility and ensure that none if its water fountains or lavatories has a water-wasting leak; there’re checking sinks and commodes.
The airport is considering other steps, according to a spokesman: recalibrating its restroom flow sensors, and persuading the airlines to changing the way planes are cleaned. It is also investigating the use of waterless hand-washing facilties, which certainly sounds like a technical and grammatical breakthrough. The end of the end-of-career water salute will save about 500 gallons of water per spurtive event. The airport and the city’s fire department are also ending the ceremony for such events as inaugural flights, landings of flights with dignitaries and other special events. For instance, in summer, Hartsfield and the fire department had a water salute for a local Little League baseball team’s return flight after winning a championship.