Forecasters worry about another drought in 2013

After suffering through the worst drought in decades last year, farmers across the Midwest should brace for another round of hot and dry conditions in 2013, weather forecasters warn.

“The continuing conditions really look like they’re setting up for a very similar level of drought in the Midwest and West,” Roger Pulwarty, a director with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration who focuses on drought, told lawmakers on the Senate Agriculture Committee last week.

The 2012 drought spread beyond the Midwest to affect more than 60 percent of the contiguous United States, making it the worst since the Dust Bowl in the 1930s.

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2 Great Lakes hit lowest water level on record

Two of the Great Lakes have hit their lowest water levels ever recorded, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Tuesday, capping more than a decade of below-normal rain and snowfall and higher temperatures that boost evaporation.

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USA TODAY survey highlights need for water conservation software

USA TODAY conducted a study of 100 municipalities where 1 out of 4 saw their water rates double in the past 12 years.

Water conservation software such as GreenSuite provide an online water usage portal. The portal gives customers insight into their water consumption behaviors and allows the water company to communicate the variables within water rates.

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Read more about the survey by viewing the article Nation’s water costs rushing higher.

Learn more about GreenSuite’s water conservation software.


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