Message from the RWSD

After discussions on current well levels and relief from recent rain, the RWSD is lifting its restrictions on outdoor water use EXCEPT related to irrigation / lawn watering. Restrictions on lawn watering are being maintained at this time throughout the District. Well levels will continue to be monitored and adjustments to the restrictions will be made as necessary. Meanwhile, District members are encouraged to take voluntary measures to conserve water (both indoor and outdoor) whenever possible.

Ban on Outdoor Water Use

Last September, the Rollinsford Water and Sewer District (RWSD) issued a mandatory water ban restricting all outdoor water use throughout the District. Unfortunately, the entire state is still experiencing abnormally dry and moderate drought conditions. Please note that THE BAN HAS NOT BEEN LIFTED and is still in place until conditions improve. Per this ban, all outdoor water use activities are restricted within the District. We are continuing to monitor the situation and may make modifications to the restrictions as conditions improve. (We will send out further notifications to District members as modifications are made.) If you have any questions, please contact the District office at 603-742-8124 or via email. For helpful tips on water use and conservation, visit

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.

Select Board Continues Water Ban

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:

According to the US Drought Monitor map:  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.