Many rural town water supplies cannot weather even a single year of drought. This is a failure of planning and funding on a grand scale.
Research shows water restrictions can mean well-off households have to cut down on leisure and luxury. For disadvantaged households, and particularly women, it is a different story.
We need to make sure well-meaning policy responses to drought don't do more harm than good.
Australian wildlife can generally cope with drought, but they're not prepared for the combination of people, introduced animals, and no water.