Droughts are prolonged periods of less than normal rainfall—and can happen in any region. The lack of water, dry weather, and extreme heat creates challenges and hazards for your business and community.
The best way to prepare for drought is to practice water conservation regardless of rainfall levels.
If you're living in drought conditions, you must take steps to reduce water use on your property, and encourage staff, residents, and guests to do the same.
- Run dishwashers and washing machines only with a full loads
- Install low-flow showerheads and faucets
- Install high-efficiency toilets and test for leaks
- Be aware of dust-related health issues and use dust control if needed
- Water landscaping before 8AM or after 8PM when temperatures are cooler
- Watch for and control insect infestations—dry conditions send them indoors in search of water
Once rainfall has resumed, grasses and plants will recover, and water conservation should remain a top concern.
- Check for leaks monthly to save on your water expense
- Maintain recovering landscaping, by watching for weeds and overgrowth
- Survey roofs and rain gutters and repair as needed so they withstand renewed rainfall