According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, drought is persisting across the state. According to the U.S. Seasonal Drought Outlook released on September 17, drought is likely to persist over the next three months, but drought intensity is also likely to improve.
This is only the second time since 2000, when the Drought Monitor was implemented, that parts of New Hampshire have experienced extreme drought. When these conditions occurred in 2016, hundreds of private well shortages were reported. Similar to 2016, well shortages are being reported from across the state. As the growing season winds down and cooler temperatures set in, there is only a small window of time left to eliminate non-essential outdoor use in an effort to sustain supplies to meet essential future needs as the drought persists.
Selectmen urging residents to conserve water
The Town of Mason strongly suggests that all households take measures to reduce their daily consumption of water to help prevent private wells from going dry. Some measures could include eliminating lawn watering, making sure you are running the dishwater with a full load of dishes, and taking shorter showers.
The Selectmen thank you in advance for helping conserve water and protecting our wells.
Reporting well shortages
Residents are asked to report residential well shortages using the Residential Well Impact Survey form (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BBMB6LY). NHDES will track well impacts so as to provide current information on drought impacts in your region.