N.H. Reports ‘Moderate Drought;’ Water Systems in Plaistow, Atkinson Face Restrictions

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Ninety-five New Hampshire community water systems have restrictions in place, including mandatory and voluntary limits in Plaistow and Atkinson, N.H.

The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services last week advised public water systems to carefully track water supplies and implement outdoor water use restrictions as needed. The state put its drought management plan in effect last week after reporting the southern half of the state has been elevated from “Abnormally Dry” to “Moderate Drought,” while the remainder of the state continues to experience “Abnormally Dry” conditions. Officials said the cause is “an exceptionally low snowpack this winter and lack of precipitation.”

Pennichuck East Utility Company has a mandatory restriction in place in Atkinson as well as Rolling Hills, Sweet Hill, Twin Ridge and Valleyfield in Plaistow. Additional voluntary guidelines are in place by Hampstead Area Water Company for Rainbow Ridge, Little River Village and the Reserve at Snow’s Brook.

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