Drought and Your Health
- the structure and capacity of existing water systems,
- local governance of water use,
- economic development,
- the at-risk populations living within the affected area, and
- other societal factors, such as the presence of local social networks.
Public Health Implications
- compromised quantity and quality of drinking water;
- increased recreational risks;
- effects on air quality;
- diminished living conditions related to energy, air quality, and sanitation and hygiene;
- compromised food and nutrition; and
- increased incidence of illness and disease.