Water Ban Lifted

At its meeting on Monday, May 8, the Select Board removed the water ban restrictions relating to the drought situation in NH.   Based upon the state drought monitor updated on 5/4/17, Strafford County is almost completely drought-free with only the southern reaches of the county in an “abnormally dry condition.”

The Board appreciates the cooperation of all during the water ban and encourages us all to be mindful of this most precious of resources.

EMERGENCY RESPONSE TO STATE DROUGHT CONDITIONS

The Select Board met on Tuesday, September 20 to review the state’s guidance on the drought conditions in the state of NH.  The guidance came to us via a phone conference call on Friday, September 16 with the state’s Drought Management Team. The Board voted to institute a ban on water usage in the town per RSA 41:11-d.  This ban covers residential usage and pertains to residents with private wells as well as residents on the town’s public water system. The ban covers the watering of residential lawns and will become active on Tuesday, September 27.  We encourage residents to read the entire ordinance and to pay close attention to the fines.

Additionally, we are providing resources that you can refer to for more information on the drought situation in the state.

The situation is a serious one. We will enforce the ban of required restrictions We also encourage residents to look for voluntary ways to conserve this most precious of natural resources by avoiding the following:  washing vehicles, hosing off paved surfaces, filling swimming pools, power-washing houses.

We have created an informational page about the drought for residents. Please refer to it for important information for homeowners with private wells, information on the severity of the drought, and links to resources such as emergency financial assistance to help mitigate water issues.
View the Rollinsford 2016 Drought page »