Drought Situation -
Lack of rainfall for an extended period of time affects crops, causes wells and springs to dry up, and lakes to diminish through water use, evaporation, stream flow . The results of these situations is that we have to stop washing our cars, discontinue watering of lawns, flowers, and shrubs, start water conservation via personal actions, new stepped water use rates, rebate plans, loss of landscape jobs and projects, loss or reduced crop yields, and backlogs of business for well digging companies.
As the water table drops and springs dry up, wildlife and birdlike began moving resulting in increased observations and increased numbers of road kills and decreased flows water flows for some spring-supplied communities . This is a good time to provide a water source for wildlife as they need water just like us. As the plant, shrubs, and trees are faced with continued drought conditions, the potential for wildfires and forest fires similar to the recent
As the situation worsens, the lower levels of the community supply lakes will exceed the capability of the community water treatment facilities to completely treat the water and the quality of well water may also deteriorate. At first, low immune groups of the population must switch to other water sources, such as bottled water. Later the situation will deteriorate further to where the entire population will have to switch to other water sources for drinking and cooking. Likewise there will be a tremendous economic impact on the area as the lack of water results in job losses in primary markets and then secondary markets such as groceries, drug stores, gas stations, and other service organizations.
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