Drought and Your Health
Drought conditions can directly affect human health. Lower levels of water in lakes and
streams increase the concentration of pollutants and can lead to standing water. Dusty
conditions and an increased risk of wildfires can affect those with chronic respiratory
illness, and can also increase risk of infection. Droughts can also pose a risk to people
who get their water from a private well.
For more information on drought and health, see the following resources.
ReadyWisconsin Drought Resources
Heat-Related Health and Safety Tips from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
Information about water issues from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
What's wrong with my water? (exit DHS): Information from
the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
Farm Center Available During Extended Dry Period
(exit DHS; PDF, 282 KB), Wisconsin Department of Agriculture,
Trade and Consumer Protection media release (July 5, 2012).
When Every Drop Counts - CDC Drought Preparedness Guide
(exit DHS; PDF, 4.8 MB)
Prepare for a drought - During a drought (exit DHS):
Information from the Environmental Protection Agency.
Crisis support information and resources for farmers and their
families from Farm Aid (exit DHS).
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October 24, 2012