The NH Department of Environmental Services (NH DES) is urging all residents to conserve water immediately.
In a statement dated Sept. 16, the New Hampshire Drought Management Team (DMT), coordinated by the NH DES, provided details about current conditions: “According to the US Drought Monitor, the drought has become significantly worse, with over half the state in drought and the extreme drought moving from the seacoast farther into southern New Hampshire. Low stream flows and low groundwater levels extend beyond the currently designated drought area and are occurring across the state. There has been a significant uptick in reported private well supplies being depleted in all regions of the state and drought conditions have the potential to continue into the winter. Fall and spring are the two seasons relied upon to recharge groundwater and surface waters; therefore, any rain received before winter is needed to recharge the groundwater to help sustain drinking water supplies through the colder months.”
A bulletin describes the current and projected forecast for drought conditions in the region, and also lists water-saving measures for all residents: http://des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/water/dam/drought/documents/publicemergency.pdf
For more information, see the NH DES Drought Management Program page: http://des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/water/dam/drought/index.htm