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Sep 27, 2016 10:59 AM

Concord, Manchester add water restrictions during extreme NH drought


Concord and Manchester are the most recent Granite State towns that are restricting water use due to the extreme drought.

READ: NH cities and towns continue issuing outdoor water bans in response to extreme drought

Concord is requesting that all non-essential outdoor water use is suspended. The New Hampshire Drought Management Team (DMT) and New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) are urging the public to conserve and is advising against lawn watering. The exception to this is hand watering vegetable gardens and newly planted vegetation.

"If precipitation levels remain this way through winter, we will need to consider implementing a water ban next year,” stated Chip Chesley, Director of Concord General Services.

Concord is also suggesting that residents follow indoor water saving habits such as only washing full loads of laundry and taking shorter showers. A full list of conservation recommendations for Concord can be found here.

The Manchester Water Works Board of Water Commissioners have also voted unanimously to place a voluntary water use restriction for the town on Monday.

Manchester is encouraging that residents use less water by discontinuing non-essential outdoor water use and to be more efficient with indoor water use.

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