Drought continues to plague the US as the summer of 2012 draws to a close. The problem has become worse in recent years in southwestern portion of the United States, which is historically a dry area. Higher temperatures, particularly in Rocky Mountains regions are affecting water supply across the country. Experts predict that an average annual temperature increase of just five degrees would decrease the nation's water supply by 20 percent. About 70 percent of the water in the Colorado River is allocated to farmers, and a decrease in supply impacts crops throughout the Southwest. Considerably reduce the use of water in household gardens by planting drought-resistant lawns or decorative plants and watering them with rainwater collected in a barrel. The water crisis is likely to get worse before it gets better, but now is the time to start implementing changes.
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