The entire state was categorized as abnormally dry as of June 18th. It is likely that the southwestern portion of the state will be categorized as being in a moderate drought later this week. Over the last 60 days, the state has experienced a significant deficit in precipitation when compared to average precipitation amounts for the same time period. The majority of the northern half of the state including Belknap, Grafton, Carrol, and Coos counties have received 25 to 50% less precipitation than normal. To the south, the majority of Sullivan, Merrimack, Strafford, Rockingham, Hillsborough, and Cheshire counties have received 50 to 75% less precipitation than normal. NHDES has issued a press release urging private well owners to conserve and those on public water systems to abide by restrictions.
Stacey Herbold/Water Conservation Program; NHDES 6/23/2020
According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, as of Thursday, June 24th, over 70% of NH has been upgraded from “Abnormally Dry” (D0) to “Moderate Drought” (D1), while the northern 30% of the state continues to experience “Abnormally Dry”(D0) conditions.
(Note* Abnormally dry conditions are a precursor to drought.)
Update email 6/30/20 from Stacey Herbold
Due to the above information from NHDES, please discontinue all lawn watering, pool filling, etc.
Hand-watering is allowed for outdoor plants and gardens.
New homes with new lawns are the exception to the rule because they have new lawns installed that need water to grow.
Any questions, please call 603-746-3600.