A severe lack of rainfall and wildfires spreading across the West account for droughts across the United States this summer, according to USA Today. The largest percentage the country has seen in 12 years, almost two-thirds of Americans are affected by dry heat.
Twelve states are considered particularly at-risk for extreme drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. Now, more than ever, customers are taking action through methods of water conservation. Simple tasks such as taking shorter showers and halving the amount of time spent watering lawns are being relayed to residents in dry states.
Measures have been taken by water authorities throughout the Midwest and in an especially dry Gulf Coast region, according to The Huntsville Times. Even though Alabama did get 1 to 2 inches of rain in the past couple of weeks, the water authority has still refused to lift the moratorium for fear of the drought conditions returning to the area.
Limiting your water use is becoming increasingly important this time of year, not only for your water bill, but also for the environment.