NH DES on drought emergency: “Reduce water use immediately”

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

Eversource to conduct aerial patrols on Thursday and Friday

Weather permitting, Eversource will be performing low level aerial patrols of transmission rights-of-way on Thursday, September 22, and Friday, September 23, 2016.

  • PURPOSE OF FLYOVER: To inspect vegetation within transmission rights-of-way.
  • DATES AND TOWNS: Thursday, September 22, and Friday, September 23, 2016. Patrols are statewide, including the following towns in Eversource NH’s Western Region: Amherst, Antrim, Brookline, Claremont, Croydon, Fitzwilliam, Greenville, Hillsborough, Hinsdale, Keene, Mason, Milford, Nelson, New Ipswich, Newport, Richmond, Rindge, Stoddard, Sullivan, Sunapee, Swanzey, Troy, and Winchester.
  • DESCRIPTION OF AIRCRAFT: Blue and Yellow Bell Jet Ranger, Tail # N868JB
  • FLIGHT TIMES: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., weather permitting
  • CONTACT INFO: Contact Michael Stanek (603) 933-2686 Michael Babineau (978) 855-6036

National Preparedness Month and emergency planning

Eversouce, Mason’s energy service provider, is recognizing September as National Preparedness Month and sharing tips for residents on planning for unexpected emergencies: https://www.eversource.com/Content/nh/residential/outages/storm-preparedness

On its web site, Eversource provides lists to help residents before, during, and after emergenices. As storm season approaches, residents are advised to review the video and list “Before a Storm”: https://www.eversource.com/Content/nh/residential/outages/storm-preparedness/before-a-storm

Residents who use texting can also sign up for storm updates using the online signup form: https://www.eversource.com/ccapps/CustOutboundTextMsg/CustOutboundTextMsg.aspx?OpCo=PSNH

Eversource to conduct aerial patrols today

PURPOSE OF FLYOVER: Eversource NH will be performing aerial patrols to check the integrity of the Transmission and Distribution Right-of-Way system.

DATES AND TOWNS: Monday, August 1. Flight Routes and areas will be determined soon and will be weather dependent. Towns include Milford, Wilton, Greenville, Mason, Amherst, Brookline, Hollis, Nashua, Hudson, Litchfield, Goffstown, and Bedford.

DESCRIPTION OF AIRCRAFT: Blue and Yellow Bell Jet Ranger, Tail # N801JB + N803JB

FLIGHT TIMES: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., weather permitting

CONTACT INFO: Contact Carol Burke (603) 634-3242 / Scot Macgregor (603) 345-2657

Eversource to conduct aerial patrols this week

Eversource will be conducting aerial patrols this week on the entire Transmission and Distribution Right-of-Way (“ROW”) system. At this time, the Town of Mason does not have specifics on when the patrols might occur in this area. If you need more detailed information, contact Laurel L. Boivin, Community Relations & Economic Development, at laurel.boivin@eversource.com.

PURPOSE OF FLYOVER: Eversource NH will be performing aerial patrols to check the integrity of the Transmission and Distribution Right-of-Way system

DATES AND TOWN: Monday 25th – Friday 29th, Flight Routes and areas will be determined soon and will be weather dependent.

DESCRIPTION OF AIRCRAFT: Blue and Yellow Bell Jet Ranger, Tail # N801JB + N803JB

FLIGHT TIMES: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., weather permitting

 

NH DES: “5 Steps to Safe Drinking Water”

The NH Department of Environmental Services is promoting “5 Steps to Safe Drinking Water“. For more information, check out the Private Well Testing Program page (http://des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/water/dwgb/well_testing/index.htm), or contact the NHDES Drinking Water & Groundwater Bureau:

NHDES Drinking Water & Groundwater Bureau
29 Hazen Drive; PO Box 95
Concord, NH 03302-0095
(603) 271-2513
(603) 271- 5171 (fax)
dwgbinfo@des.nh.gov

Eversource to conduct air patrols on Thursday

From Eversource on July 13, 2016:

“Weather permitting, Eversource will be conducting air patrols of its distribution lines tomorrow, Thursday, July 14.   These patrols are being conducted by JBI Helicopter as part of Eversource’s routine inspection program. “

If you have questions or want more information, contact Laurel L. Boivin, Community Relations & Economic Development, at laurel.boivin@eversource.com.

Eversource to repair nearby transmission line on Friday

An announcement from Eversource:

On Friday, May 27, Eversource will be working to repair a structure on the 367 transmission line that was recently hit by lightning. Because of the structure location and nearby terrain, Eversource line crews will be using ATVs to travel to the structure location. Crews will access the transmission corridor from Starch Mill Road in Mason. Weather permitting, materials will be delivered and/or removed by helicopter to the structure location by Eversource contractor JBI Helicopter Services. This helicopter activity may be visible to residents in the vicinity of the Milford/Brookline/Mason town line(s).

PURPOSE OF FLIGHT: Lift work, material delivery/removal
DATES AND TOWN: Friday, May 27
DESCRIPTION OF AIRCRAFT: Blue and Yellow Bell Jet Ranger, Tail # N800JB
FLIGHT TIMES: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., weather permitting

Eversource to conduct aerial patrols through Friday

The following announcement is from Eversource regarding aerial patrols this week:

Eversource is planning to perform aerial patrols of its New Hampshire transmission lines today through Friday assuming weather conditions allow. Any adverse flying conditions will require rescheduling. The patrols will take place across the state to inspect transmission lines for vegetation related issues.

Scheduled Dates: Wednesday, May 4 – Friday, May 6
Flight Times: 8:00 a.m.. to 3:30 p.m.
Rain Dates: Monday, May 9 – Wednesday, May 11.