What Is a Drought?


Droughts are not the same everywhere; they have different names in different countries and climates. Extreme dryness can last for years or even months, while a moderate drought can last a year or less. Each type of drought is called by a different name, such as a drought in Australia is known as a “drought in drought” while a drought in France is known as a “drought in France.” However, most droughts will cause you to cut back on your water consumption if you live in an area that experiences a mild to moderate drought.

Extreme droughts have caused widespread problems throughout North America and Africa. In recent decades, a number of crops, including wheat, barley, rice, oats, and cotton, have been devastated by drought. Other crops, such as sugar cane and soybeans, have not been affected as severely, but some farmers have reported serious losses in production because of the lack of water available. A severe drought that lasts more than four years can even destroy major rivers in some regions.

A brief milder dry spell follows an extended drought, called a flash flood, as precipitation returns to the soil and plants. During this time, trees and shrubs re-grow, vegetation spreads out, and grasses begin to grow back. When the long drought ends, a second bout of drought follows. The third, longer, drought phase of the cycle can lead to major crop failures. In the fourth year of a long drought, it can be nearly impossible to cultivate crops.

While rain-fed agriculture uses rainwater to water the land, irrigation systems can be used to bring water to the home. Most people do not need to worry about water conservation during dry spells as long as they are well-hydrated with water from rain, rivers, streams, dams, or wells.

Water conservation is necessary when water is used for other purposes, such as drinking water, bathing, laundry, cooking, or recreation. When the source of water becomes depleted, cities and towns suffer. With less water to wash, clean clothes, cook food, and bathe in, cities can become dirty and crowded.

Natural sources, such as rainfall, deplete very quickly. The average life span of the average rain barrel is only a few months. With dew days and rainfall, communities and towns rely heavily on wells and reservoirs, which take years to replenish themselves.

Long periods of drought are very detrimental to crops and forests because the trees and shrubs need to regrow. They cannot re-grow as fast, and the trees die off, reducing oxygen.

In the past, people have often had to seek water from wells to survive in areas of extreme drought. Today, people can conserve water by using rain barrels. Rain barrels take up very little space and take very little effort to maintain. You do not have to wait for water to fall to fill a barrel to use it, because rain falls as soon as it begins to fall.

When you use your water barrel, you need not worry about your water being wasted. Using a barrel to save water not only saves you money, it also helps to preserve our precious natural resources.

Rain barrels are easy to store. There is no need to purchase special tanks to hold the water, which can sometimes be bulky and awkward. In fact, rain barrels can be stored in any area, including your kitchen countertop. They can also be stored in your basement. No need to buy a big, bulky water tank.

When you are using your barrel storage, there is no need to worry about rainwater from falling on your lawn or in your yard. The water that falls in the barrel can be used to help water your lawn or garden. It will not harm the soil. You can enjoy the fruits of your labor and garden flowers and plants when drought-stricken. Because your barrel is in the ground, there is no danger of it leaking.

There are many advantages to rain barrel use. If the rain does not fall, you can continue to use your barrels until the next rain shower is over. This allows you to take advantage of the water while it is available.