Drought and Water Scarcity

An abandoned swimming pool in Cape Town. Cape Town’s water shortage is so dire that the government has posted an on-line map that details the water consumption of every household. The government also posted a phone number residents can call to report water wasters.

Drought is a natural hazard, caused by large‐scale climatic variability, and cannot be prevented by local water management. Water scarcity refers to the long‐term unsustainable use of water resources, which water managers can influence.1

Lake Oroville, California

Lake Oroville, California: these pictures are taken 3 years apart.

Cape Town, South Africa

CLICK ON ⇒ Cape Town’s water crisis affects poor people more because many cannot afford to drill their own well, and plots of land are small.

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