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How do you cope with Drought Conditions?

  1. Stacie L profile image86
    Stacie Lposted 4 years ago

    The mid west especially S.Kentucky is experiencing a drought and excessive heat this summer. My grass is burnt and plants are distressed. I walk around with containers of water for the ones that the sprinklers don't reach. It has been on going for at least 2 weeks with no relief in sight. Anyone have similar stories and ways to cope?

    1. Sally's Trove profile image97
      Sally's Troveposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      My response doesn't really address your question which is framed in the here and now of today and two weeks. Drought patterns are changing all over the world, and these patterns are not confined to short time periods.

      What is so important about your post is that drought conditions will touch us all, later or sooner, as humans continue to deplete water tables and channel surface water via dams and aqueducts. Already, areas of Asia and Africa are nearing water wars.

      Lucky for you and for the rest of us in the US, our governing bodies will provide relief...maybe forests will burn, grasses will parch, but no one is going to go without fresh water here. The same is not true in many parts of the world. We Americans just haven't caught up yet to the true severity of changes in water availability.

      1. IzzyM profile image85
        IzzyMposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Is there a worldwide water shortage? I'm asking because I haven't heard of one. As you say patterns may be shifting, but does that mean we (as a world) are facing a shortage?

        The only way this could happen is if the sun got hotter, and I don't believe global warming exists. But if the world's water supply was depleted, then global warming becomes a reality.

        It has rained here (in Scotland) non-stop for 5 days, and I am happy to share with anyone feeling  deprived of rain-water, if that helps.

        Quite often, in the south of Spain, there is no rain between May and September, yet there is still water in the taps, although you can see that the reservoirs are severely depleted.

        I know they have a coastal de-salination plant, which is no mean feat considering that the Mediterranean Sea is especially salt-laden, more so than the oceans.

        No-one should have to fight over water. There is enough to go round, if we can use sea water.

        1. Sally's Trove profile image97
          Sally's Troveposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          This is just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak: http://www.time.com/time/world/article/ … 01,00.html

          Then look at this:
          http://thewaterproject.org/water_scarci … 4AodnVKUhg

          We in the Western world, in developed countries, have little understanding of what others in the world are facing. We are blind.

          In the US, we've depleted ground water supplies to water lawns in Arizona. These ground water reserves can not be replenished in our lifetime.

          I suppose I should write a hub. *sigh*

          1. IzzyM profile image85
            IzzyMposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            Aaargh!

            It's political, the problem of the water supply between Pakistan and India. A shared resource is the perfect weapon when there is unrest (despite what politicians say).

            The second link talks about a global water shortage, but doesn't include scientific proof to back it up.

            All water on Earth comes from the seas.

            It is lifted up by weather patterns into rain cloud and deposited on land. Even what we drink, we piss out again and it returns to the sea.

            Plants drink it up, then respire it again.

            The amount of water available should remain stable.

            How we distribute it is another matter.

            Arid areas will remain arid, until man finds a way of making sure they have water too.

            De-salination plants go a long way towards making drinking water available in arid areas, but some countries are too far from the sea, and are dependent on their neighbouring countries to keep them supplied.

            That is where the problem lies, don't you agree?

            1. Sally's Trove profile image97
              Sally's Troveposted 4 years ago in reply to this

              Do I agree? Yes and no, IzzyM.

              It seems to be true that the amount of water on the planet is a constant. I agree with that.

              However, how we use (or abuse) it is another story that goes far beyond the yet-to-be-practical solution of de-salination plants. We humans are putting stresses on this planet that we are as yet not able to counteract.

              The OP asked, "How do you cope with Drought Conditions?" Maybe the intent was a local one (like limiting personal water consumption) and maybe the intent was a global one. I chose the latter idea when I commented.

              We arrogant humans think we can continue to procreate with no consequences. Water wars (politically driven) and water shortages (climatically driven) are, I think, just the early signs of a death knell.

  2. mts1098 profile image85
    mts1098posted 4 years ago

    Find a nice shady place like a garage and create the woman cave with a bar...palm tree and sand )

    1. Stacie L profile image86
      Stacie Lposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Well I see you prefer to ignore the yard and concentrate on your comfort instead! lol

      1. christin53 profile image81
        christin53posted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Have a hosepipe ban that will make it rain that's what we did in England.We are now having the wettest summer on record and the hosepipe ban has just been lifted. smile

      2. mts1098 profile image85
        mts1098posted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Actually, not necessarily my confort but making the best of the situation wink

  3. WriteAngled profile image90
    WriteAngledposted 4 years ago

    I'm afraid I cannot help.

    Drought is not a condition that is experienced in Wales. Hosepipe bans are totally unknown.

    Unfortunately, our water bills do not reflect our wealth of water, and much of our water goes to supply the English, who pay lower water bills than we do.

    I hope that one day Wales will be free and independent, and will be able to make the English pay a fair price for the water they take from Wales.

    1. christin53 profile image81
      christin53posted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I'm sorry if we are taking the welsh water you can have it back if you want we have more than enough at the moment.

  4. WriteAngled profile image90
    WriteAngledposted 4 years ago

    That's great.

    Unfortunately, it will not restore the small Welsh-speaking community that was destroyed when their village was drowned so that Liverpool could steal the water.

    Cofiwch Dryweryn (remember Tryweryn), drowned to supply Liverpool with water, because Stan Steffan (Westminster Parliament) was able to override all opposition

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHPSvEGsIdA

    1. IzzyM profile image85
      IzzyMposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I just watched that video. I knew nothing of this, but am not surprised. The break-up of the Union can't come soon enough for me, and as a fellow Celt I hope one day Wales will also be free.

      1. WriteAngled profile image90
        WriteAngledposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Thank you, Izzy smile

        A dweud y gwir (to tell the truth), I am not a Celt by genes. However, I feel I have been adopted by Wales and thus have become Welsh by choice.

        1. IzzyM profile image85
          IzzyMposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          The sad thing to me about that video/bit of history is that the Liverpool people (in my experience) do not consider themselves to be English. Liverpudlians are down-to-earth GOOD people, who probably have a Celtic ancestry, somewhere in the the dim and distant past.

          But that video, although written by someone who needs to brush up on their English language, told how Liverpool then sold the water on at a profit, and no-one ever compensated or paid the Welsh people.

          An apology in 2005 just doesn't cut it.

          Give the Welsh the money they are due, it was their water!

  5. Kangaroo_Jase profile image83
    Kangaroo_Jaseposted 4 years ago

    Hey Stacie,

    One aspect that might help is some of the agricultural websites in Australia. Australia has come out of a protracted 12-13 year drought across the whole agri sector in the sector. Almost every farmer in Australia will have suggestions on who to speak with or where to get assistance.

    In this country during the winter now, it is one of the wettest on record. This is what happens in Australia with the El Nino/La Nina cycles of wet and dry decades here.

    Otherwise I don't know if there are any Hubbers here whom are also Aussie farmers. Im a city dweller so I cant help!!!

    1. Stacie L profile image86
      Stacie Lposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I can't imagine living through a 13 year drought!
      The rain will eventually return but everything is dying..sad

 
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