A water shortage occurs when supply is reduced to a level that cannot support existing demands. Natural forces (e.g., drought), system component failure or interruption, or regulatory actions may cause water shortages.
In order to help water utilities facing current and/or future water shortages, AWWA conducted a survey in early 2014 to collect water shortage tracking and response information. Complete responses to the stakeholder-developed survey were received from 485 utilities. This report includes aggregated summaries and analyses of the reported utility practices and policies as collected through this survey.
Download the 2014 Water Shortage Preparedness Report