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Oct 21, 2016 1:59 PM

Drought conditions to get worse in NH according to NHDES

CONCORD — Drought conditions in the Granite State are only getting worse, according to the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES).

Drought conditions are worsening in areas and spreading, Mary Stampone, NH State Climatologist, told the NHDES on Wednesday.

Currently about 20% of the state is experiencing abnormally dry conditions and 80% of the state is experiencing moderate to extreme dry conditions.

The U.S. Seasonal Drought Outlook indicates little improvement in the southern portion of the state, but potential for improvement in the north by the end of January.

“Unfortunately, for many, drought relief cannot come soon enough. At this point we know hundreds of private wells in New Hampshire have experienced water supply issues due to the drought and we expect to see more” said Brandon Kernen, NHDES Hydrology and Water Conservation and Water Use Program Manager. “It is imperative that those in drought areas refrain from using water outdoors and abide by local outdoor water use restrictions, as well as conserve indoors. Looking for easy ways to save water indoors is not always obvious, but fixing household leaks and replacing old water wasting fixtures, such as showerheads, is a simple way for a family to save water, energy, and money on utility bills.”

For more information visit NHDES.

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