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Aug 29, 2016 8:01 PM

Water bans on the seacoast as NH drought continues

The drought in New Hampshire continues, and officials are reminding residents of the outdoor water bans and restrictions that remain in place.

Over 115 restrictions have been issued by water companies throughout the Granite State this summer.

Along the seacoast, electronic signs are being used in Portsmouth and Greenland to get the word out that restrictions continue.

In Portsmouth, irrigation use is restricted to only between midnight and 10 a.m. on odd-numbered days.

Other communities, including those on the seacoast served by Aquarion Water Company, are not allowed to water lawns.

The goal is to not only conserve the water in the short-term, but to protect the water supply in the weeks and months ahead, if the lack of precipitation continues.

Brian Goetz, the Deputy Director of Public Works for Portsmouth, tells NH1 News that we have a long way to go until we are out of this drought. Goetz led water conservation efforts in Hampton during the last major drought, over a decade ago.

Additionally, the root systems of some trees have been compromised by the extended drought, weakening tree limbs.

Eversource is investing $30 million dollars this year in trimming trees along more than 2,800 miles of power lines in the Granite State. In recent weeks, crews have completed more than 1,730 miles of work.

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