Droughts are a normal part of life in the Great Plains and for Nebraska. Many droughts are short-term and may only affect small areas, but multiple-year droughts like the Dust Bowl of the 1930s are relatively common as well. In 2012, Nebraska experienced its driest summer in more than 50 years. Conserving water in your home, lawn, and landscape helps to reduce the impact of residential water demand on our natural resources.
Did You Know?Weather adjustments to an automatic irrigation system can conserve A LOT of water. A system applying 1 inch of water to an average size lawn (approximately 5,000 square feet) that has already received sufficient rain wastes over 3,000 gallons of water – a year’s supply of drinking water for 17 people.
When the well is dry, we know the worth of water.
Produced by the University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension in cooperation with:
Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services Regulation and LicensureNebraska Department of Environmental QualityNational Drought Mitigation CenterNebraska Department of Natural ResourcesNebraska League of MunicipalitiesNebraska Rural Water Association, Nebraska Well Drillers Association