The National Drought Early Warning Outlook for 2013 released last week reveals that more of the drought and wildfire conditions that plagued the United States in 2012 is forecast for this year. The report, issued by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), said that while drought conditions had abated in states east of the Mississippi River, the West and Florida should expect the drought to persist or intensify in 2013.
Currently, more than two-thirds of the U.S. is experiencing abnormally dry to exceptional drought conditions, "which, although serious, is a slight improvement since fall of 2012," the NOAA said.
"The 2012-2013 drought has serious implications for agriculture, navigation, recreation and municipal water supplies, costing the nation at least $35 billion in economic losses," the outlook said.
Last year's drought was the worst in the U.S. since 1956.
Just because your region may have enjoyed some rain or snow in recent months doesn't entitle you to extra-long showers or allow you to water your front yard and the sidewalk every evening. Whip your proactive self into action and do something. And that something starts at home.
Study this list of 62 ways to save water outside your home. If you can think of additional water-saving tips for inside, outside and around the house, let me know in the "comments" section following this post. Don't procrastinate. Share this information and conserve water now.