BDespite the tremendous amount of snow that Colorado Springs received last winter, a barren and drained August has left citizens entering a drought.
Although Colorado is usually a snowy place, recently things have changed. Around 19% of the state is under a dry spell. This past August, Colorado Springs has recorded only 0.71 inches of precipitation compared to its usual 3.5 inches.
There is no need to worry yet because if Colorado Springs experiences at least one heavy rainfall in the next three months, the drought conditions have a chance of lifting.
Ways you can help prevent a drought:
According to the Department of Homeland Security there are a few things you can do at home to help conserve water, easing the impact of a drought.
- If you are finished drinking water and there is still some left over, avoid pouring it down the drain: use it to water some of your indoor or outdoor plants.
- Choose energy and water-efficient appliances like dual flush toilet converters, shower timers, and soaker hoses which directly water plants and avoid water waste from evaporation.
- Lastly, you can use a mulch to retain moisture and keep your plants looking healthy!
KRDO Colorado Springs / by: Sam Postich / published Sep 03, 2019-https://www.krdo.com/news/colorado-springs-parts-of-state-now-in-early-stages-of-drought/1116569918
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The Department of Homeland Security- https://www.ready.gov/drought
(Copyright, 2019, Ari Albino)