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Drought is connected to other weather hazards, including wildfires, heat waves and hazardous air quality.

Consider drought conditions when making travel plans:

  • Check local drought conditions
  • Follow local guidance for outdoor recreation
  • Parks hiking trails and ski areas may modify their services during a drought
  • River closures for fishing and boating may occur when streamflow is low and/or temperatures are high

Reduce your household water usage:

  • Identify and fix leaks
  • Select energy- and water-efficient appliances and plumbing fixtures
  • Take shorter showers
  • Turn off the water while brushing your teeth or shaving
  • Run the washer less frequently and only when you have a full load
  • Heed local water use restrictions

Reduce your outdoor water usage:

  • Consult with your local government or nursery to select drought-tolerant plants and trees
  • Water your lawn less frequently and do so when the temperature is cooler in the early morning or late evening