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: 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.