What is a Drought?
If you say the word “drought,” most people think hot, dry weather with too little rain. While any or all of those conditions can be present during a drought, the definition of drought is an extended period when a region receives a deficiency in its water supply, whether atmospheric, surface or ground water. A drought …show more content…
People can live for weeks without food, but only a few days without water.
Disease Drought limits the amount of clean water for drinking, public sanitation and personal hygiene, which can lead to a wide range of life-threatening diseases and sickness.
Wildfires The low moisture and precipitation that characterize droughts can quickly create hazardous conditions in forests and across range lands, setting the stage for wildfires that may cause injuries or deaths as well as a large amount of damage to property and already shrinking food supplies.
Social conflict and war when a precious commodity like water is in short supply due to drought, and the lack of water creates a corresponding lack of food, people will compete and eventually fight and kill to secure enough water to survive.
Migration or relocation Faced with the other impacts of drought, many people will leave a drought-stricken area in search of a new home with much better supply of water, enough food, and without the disease that were present in the place they are leaving.
Why is our water supply stressed?
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Atmospheric conditions such as climate change, ocean temperatures, changes in the jet stream, and changes in the local landscape are all causes of droughts.
What can we do to save water?
Water is an important part of California’s state. Our economy, our environment and our day-to-day lifestyle need water. But our water supply is limited. We can help make the most of it by using water wisely every day.
Saving water is not hard. We simply need to be smart about using what we have.
Rethinking the way we use water ,soboth indoors and outdoors ,will help stretch our limited supplies and ensure water is there when we need it. If we all work together, we can make a difference for California’s future.
There are many easy ways to save water indoors, from taking shorter showers to making sure that the dishwasher is full when you run it.
Because the majority of water used at home is used outdoors, even small steps to save water can yield big savings. Little things like fixing a broken sprinkler or making sure that you are running your sprinklers in the cool of the morning can save lots of water.
Remember, every drop of water is important. Use water