Rochester ban in effect today, Manchester considering water restrictions, Merrimack updates outdoor use schedule

Sep 26, 2016 9:02 AM

Rochester bans non-essential outdoor water use

ROCHESTER — Rochester residents will have to live with dirtier cars, browner lawns and empty swimming pools starting today as the city's water ban takes effect Monday.
According to the city's online posting, the restriction applies to customers of the city's water system and homes with private water wells. Rochester is one of New Hampshire's communities situated in the state's severe drought area.

The ban comes as the state's largest municipality considers instituting its own water ban for its 110,000 residents. Manchester Water Works also provides water to portions of 6 other surrounding communities. Their commissioners will meet later Monday afternoon to decide their next course of action.

Merrimack has updated its existing restrictions Monday to have residents perform outdoor watering once daily between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. following the existing odd/even arrangement.

Southern New Hampshire was hit hard this summer. Lingering dry conditions have led to water restrictions and outright bans, which are listed on the Department of Environmental Services website.

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