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Sep 21, 2016 6:56 PM

Rochester to ban all non-essential outdoor water use starting Monday

ROCHESTER — All non-essential outdoor water use will be banned in Rochester starting on Monday, September 26.

The mandatory ban will effect all city water system customers as well as private well owners.

Drought conditions have significantly worsened, with over half of New Hampshire suffering and extreme drought moving further from the seacoast into southern NH.

As a result, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services is urging all municipalities to implement water-use restrictions.

Rochester will implement the following specific restrictions:

  • No outside use for lawn watering or irrigation.
    • The only exceptions to this restriction are commercial car washes, cash crops, farms, flower shops and garden centers.
  • No filling of any swimming pools greater than 100 gallons capacity.
  • No watering by hose is allowed except by incidental use such as filling watering cans and children's pools.
  • No washing of vehicles by hose.

Limited irrigation will be permitted between the hours of 5 p.m. and 8 a.m. for newly seeded areas and vegetable gardens, provided someone is present using a hose equipped with an automatic shut-off device.

The following penalties will be carried out by authorized agents Rochester:

  • First Offense - Written warning hand delivered to site of violation
  • Subsequent offenses - $100 fine and possible shut-off of water service

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