Aug 3, 2016 5:56 PM

As the drought continues, officials urge careful water use

CONCORD — State officials urge residents to conserve water due to the ongoing drought throughout southern NH.

A combination of a below average snow pack in the spring, little precipitation, an increase of evapotranspiration in the summer, and the inability of New Hampshire watersheds to store large volumes of water due to their geology has landed the northern half of the state in abnormally dry conditions and the southern half in severe drought, according to the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services.

The DES urges residents to refrain from using water outdoors except for the hand-watering of vegetable gardens in Belknap, Cheshire, Hillsborough, Merrimack, Rockingham, Strafford and Sullivan counties until precipitation alleviates the issue.

Stacey Herbold, NHDES Water Conservation Program said, “The fact is there is nothing we can do to replenish our water supplies. There is no rainmaker. For now, the best we can do is limit our use to essentials and let the lawn go dormant until rainier days come.”

For updates on drought conditions, outdoor water use restrictions, water efficiency tips, and drought guidance visit and scroll through the “A-Z List” to the “Drought Management Program.”

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