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Why do Drought Conditions Matter?

The main reasons why water conservation is critical, both for our own health and for the health of the planet.

Drought conditions have far-reaching impacts on our communities, environment, and economy. As water scarcity affects many of our daily activities like farming, food production, and electricity generation, the direct and indirect impacts of drought can be both positive and negative. The economic impacts of drought can cost people and businesses money, such as farmers losing crops or power companies spending more to generate electricity. The environmental impact leads to loss of habitat and food supply for plants and animals, leading to increased disease and migration. Social impacts include societal changes as we are forced to adapt to drought conditions.

Drought conditions also negatively affect air quality [1]. During drought, there is an increased risk for wildfires and dust storms, which can cause respiratory problems and other health issues. Climate change also plays a major role in drought, making it more severe by enhancing evaporation and drying out soils and vegetation [3].

Hurricane, wildfire, and heat wave seasons in the US are about to start again but drought conditions linked to climate change are affecting the country with no signs of slowing down [3]. Drought conditions have been present since early summer 2020 across vast portions of the US, expanding dramatically and persisting. Drought conditions are likely to continue and spread throughout the spring, especially in the Southwest, as there is more risk of wildfires, stressed irrigation systems, and crop failures [3].

We need to understand the impacts of drought and take necessary measures to mitigate its effects. This includes implementing water conservation measures, building resilient infrastructure, and investing in drought-resistant crops and technologies. By taking proactive steps to address drought conditions, we can help protect our communities, environment, and economy from the negative impacts of water scarcity.

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