While not as common in the Ozarks as other parts of the United States, droughts are a problem. What’s more interesting is the link between droughts and one’s health. A drought is when there is diminished or less-than-average rainfall in a particular area. One interesting fact is that droughts have affected North America for the last 10,000 years. They can last for decades and impact areas up to millions of square miles.
One notable drought-stricken area is California. The whole state is currently suffering from a drought. This is a noticeable increase from only 41.5% of the state experiencing a drought last year. 2021 is California’s fourth-driest year on record. What does this mean for California? Another intense wildfire season is on the horizon, and not to mention impacts on waterways that supply other states such as the Colorado River and the Rio Grande. These two rivers supply millions of people and farmers with much-needed water – and with dismally low water, we can expect this to impact not just these people, but even food supply.
Droughts and Health Problems
Droughts can result in a myriad of health issues for the people living there including poor air quality, decreased quality of drinking water, compromised nutrition and food, and can even impact sanitization and hygiene for those living there.
For one, severe drought conditions can affect air quality by increasing the risk of dust storms and wildfires. This not only affects our lungs but can worsen pre-existing chronic respiratory issues and can increase the likelihood of pneumonia.
As stated above, with diminished water flow comes decreased quality of water as well. While this isn’t so much an issue for households with an RO system, it can be a major problem for others who drink from the tap.
With these diminished living conditions and their effect on the local food supply, you can be sure to see an increased incidence of illness and disease in these drought-laden areas.
Plant native and drought-tolerant grasses, shrubs, trees and ground covers.
Use mulch to retain moisture in the soil.
Ensure your toilets and other fixtures aren’t leaking.
Find other uses for excess water rather than pouring it down the drain (i.e. water household plants).
Take shorter showers and avoid baths altogether.
Invest in high-efficiency, low-energy appliances.
Install rain collection systems.
In summary, we are blessed to live in the Ozarks but that doesn’t mean that Mother Nature may not rear her head. Being prepared is not just smart, it’s necessary!
About Aquasani Water Purification Systems
Aquasani is an authorized dealer for Rainsoft, WaterLogic, & JavaSmart. Based in Springfield, Mo., and at Lake of the Ozarks / Osage Beach in Missouri, Aquasani services areas in the Ozarks including Osage Beach, Camdenton, Aurora and even Jefferson City. In essence, we service Mid-Missouri, Southwest Missouri, and Northwest Arkansas, and have been servicing these areas since 2004. We provide home water softener systems, drinking water filtration systems, whole-house air purification systems, and problem-solving water filtration systems for homes and offices. We also service other water softeners like Culligan, Sterling, Hydroquad, Pro-Series, and Whirlpool to name a few!
Aside from our purification systems, we also sell all-natural cleaning products and household items which are environmentally friendly and low-cost.
We specialize in water filtration and purification for both commercial businesses and residential homes. If that isn’t enough, we provide free trials for our water cooler services. If you would like a free estimate, schedule an appointment with us by calling (417) 881-4000 or (573) 692-4009 if you are in the Lake of the Ozarks area.
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