Drought and Your Health

Image of a dry river bed

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.

DHS Resources

Wisconsin Resources

Other Resources


Last Revised: October 28, 2015