Droughts affect more people in North America than any other type of natural hazard, causing billions of dollars in damage every year. The best way to endure a drought is to conserve water.



  • High efficiency washing machines can save up to 27 gallons per load.
  • You can save up to 10 gallons per dishwasher load by not pre-rinsing your dishes.
  • Each new toilet can reduce the average family’s water use by 20 percent.
  • A leaky faucet that drips at the rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year. That’s the amount of water needed to take more than 180 showers.
  • Observe all local water restrictions. Check with your city, town or county water utility to see if any restrictions are in effect.
  • Install low-flush toilets, use displacement devices in the toilet tanks and repair dripping faucets.

FEMA offers more tips on conserving water before and during a drought.

Farmers affected by drought should contact their local Farm Service Agency for disaster assistance information.