Dealing with the effects of drought

Drought affects the entire community. What can you do?

ACTIVITY

Drought affects the entire community, as we all make use of water stores for household use – drinking, bathing, cleaning, watering the garden, swimming pools, washing cars - and whether we live on a farm or in the city, during a drought we need to be extra careful of what we are using.

  • Don’t wait until you are officially in a drought to act.
  • Employ your preparation strategies and business continuity plan if applicable.
  • Be water-saving savvy. Reduce shower time, don’t flush the toilet unnecessarily, don’t leave the water running when brushing your teeth or rinsing dishes, and have a bucket in the shower to catch water for watering plants.
  • Only use dishwashers and washing machines when they are full, use the eco wash if available.
  • Use commercial car washes that recycle water.
  • Avoid watering lawns as much as possible. Heavy rain reduces the need for watering for up to two weeks. Generally only one inch per week is needed. In extreme drought, allow lawns to die.
  • Water during cooler parts of the day, and do so in short bursts for better absorption.
  • Follow any water restrictions in place.

For more on drought support in Australia visit here

For more on dealing with drought in New Zealand visit here


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