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Dock sitting on dried-up river bed
Dock sitting on dried-up river bed.

A drought is any shortage of water that causes related complications. Recent droughts in Georgia have severely affected municipal and industrial water supplies, stream-water quality, recreation at major reservoirs, hydropower generation, navigation, and agricultural and forest resources. NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) historical record on droughts in Georgia has recorded 57 droughts in 54 years. This equates to greater than a 100% chance in any given year that part of Georgia will experience drought conditions.

How Can I Help Combat the Drought?

  1. Fix leaky faucets and toilets.
  2. Wash only full loads of dishes and laundry.
  3. Shorten your shower to five minutes. Install a water-saving showerhead that uses 2.5 gallons/minute.
  4. Install a low-flow toilet.
  5. Conserve water as much as possible.

Drought Links Drought
National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS)
American Red Cross: Prepare for Drought
Water Smart

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