On September 20, 2016, the Select Board voted to implement 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 prohibits the watering of residential lawns.
The Board checked in with state officials re drought conditions in southeast NH and because we are still in moderate drought, the Board did NOT lift the ban prohibiting the watering of residential lawns. (There is no other water usage ban in effect).
Following is the feedback that we received from the State of NH:
The NH Drought Management Team recently issued this press release: http://www.des.nh.gov/media/pr/2017/20170413-drought-update.htm
According to the US Drought Monitor map: http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/Home/StateDroughtMonitor.aspx?NH Rollinsford remains in the Moderate Drought area.
The NH Drought Management Team is concerned that much of NH remains in drought status as we head into peak water usage time. Groundwater resources have not returned to normal as they lag behind surface water. At a minimum voluntary restrictions are recommended. If we see below normal precipitation and above normal temperatures, NH could easily be in severe drought once again.