Droughts can have a variety of effects on our communities and the environment. Everything in the natural world, as well as everything in our communities, is intertwined. Drought has a number of effects on us, which we call drought impacts.
Because water is such an important part of so many of our activities, drought has a wide range of consequences for us. Water is essential for the survival of animals and plants, just as it is for humans. Water is essential for the production of the food we eat. In addition to dishwashing, cooking, bathing, and swimming or river rafting, we use water for a range of other activities in our daily lives. Water is also used in the generation of electricity, which we use to power our lights and play video games in our homes. If we don’t have enough water for these activities due to drought, many people and many different objects will be affected in a variety of ways.