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
- What's wrong with my water? Information from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
- When Every Drop Counts - CDC Drought Preparedness Guide (PDF, 4.8 MB)
- Prepare for a drought - During a drought: Information from the Environmental Protection Agency
- Crisis support for farmers and their families: Information and resources from Farm Aid
Last Revised: January 5, 2016