07 Apr '12, 9am

Check out if you live in a #drought-hit area by using this interactive map here:

Go straight to the drought map What is drought? Droughts are natural events that happen when a period of very low rainfall creates a shortage of water for people, the environment, agriculture, or industry. Some droughts are short and intense, for example a hot dry summer, while others are long and take some time to develop. Dry winters can have the biggest impact on water resources. We rely on winter rain to top up groundwater and refill reservoirs, while summer rain is needed for crops and vegetation and helps keep rivers flowing. Understanding the drought map Areas of water company supply affected by drought The map shows where a rainfall shortage is causing concern for the ability of water companies to supply their customers. These water companies are following their drought plans. Drought plans set out a range of short-term actions to monitor and manage the impact of d...

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