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Watering Ban

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 08/06/20

Update email 07/16/20

Update email 7/10/20

Over the past few weeks, parts of the state received above normal precipitation, resulting in downgrading of a small area of the state from “moderate drought” (D1) to “abnormally dry”.  In the majority of the state, the precipitation was only enough to stabilize drought conditions.  Currently over half of the state continues to experience “moderate drought” (D1) conditions, while the rest of the state remains “abnormally dry”. The state is expected to receive widespread rain over the next few days, but not enough to make up for the deficit.  Dry and hot conditions are expected throughout July.

Drought Update:

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, as of Thursday, July 9, 2020, the southern 56.45% of the state is categorized as “moderate drought” (D1), while the remaining northern portion of the state is categorized as “abnormally dry” (D0).  Moderate drought is the first stage of four stages of drought.

Current Precipitation and Forecast:

Widespread rain is expected Friday night through the weekend (NOAA National Weather Service).

The 8-14 day outlook leans toward above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation.

Due to the probability for higher temperatures and periods of little precipitation, the U.S. Monthly Drought Outlook favors drought conditions to persist through the month of July.

Latest NHDES Press Release: Drought Conditions in New Hampshire Predicted to Persist Through July


Update email 6/30/20 from NHDES

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.

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Contoocook Village Precinct –


The water system is contaminated with E. coli bacteria BOIL YOUR WATER BEFORE USING Posted on: July 14, 2020 – 2:19pm

This water system is contaminated with E. coli bacteria

Public Water System Name: _Contoocook Village Precinct Water System_________ PWS ID: ___1191010____________
Date Sampled_7/14/2020___________ Location in distribution system/source(s) _2700 Hopkinton Rd., and 846 Main St.

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Trouble financing the home because it’s a mobile home in a park?

I recently attended a house closing and met Al Lima from Northway Bank. He is a mortgage loan officer and specializes in mobile home mortgages. Northway Bank also will refinance mobile homes with a cash-out option if you have equity in your home.

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Please bring in your bird feeders! 

Black bears extra hungry this spring in New Hampshire
It’s almost time to take down those birdfeeders.The New Hampshire Fish and Game department urges residents to remove their birdfeeders and other food attractants, such as trash cans, to prevent bears from foraging in back yards. Officials recommend birdfeeders be taken down by March 15 in the southern part of the state and by April 1st.

Officials say bears went into their dens this winter in poor condition due to a dearth of natural food sources. That means black bears are coming out of their dens with depleted fat reserves and will be extremely hungry.


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Spring Cleanup

A phone message was sent last week to remind residents about spring cleanup.

Philip Strittmatter will be picking up debris on the edge of the road. Please place debris in two piles, one for debris and one for sticks and branches.

If your house is in front of the woods, you’re welcome to put your yard debris there.

The last day will be Monday, May 4, 2020.

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Shelter in Place

Select Board Recommends Residents Shelter in Place

Posted on: March 25, 2020 – 3:27pm

March 24, 2020  

Residents of Hopkinton:

The Town of Hopkinton takes very seriously the need to practice “social distancing” to help mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Social distancing means keeping physical distance (six feet is recommended) between yourself and others when outside your home, and only leaving the house when necessary.  Social distancing can help limit the spread of the novel coronavirus, which leads to the illness known as COVID-19.

The Select Board strongly recommends that ALL residents shelter in place and avoid all social gatherings until further notice.  This does not restrict you from making trips outside of the home to fulfill essential needs such as groceries, prescriptions, etc., or to go to your essential job. It does mean you should stay home and only leave the house when absolutely necessary. If you do go outside with others (e.g. on a walk) keep six feet between you and others. If you go to the grocery store, try to keep distance between yourself and others and wash your hands immediately upon returning home.

Here is a helpful article on social distancing:…

If you need NON emergency help, food, or other supplies, please contact Hopkinton Helps at or 746-8264.  As always, for EMERGENCY HELP call 911.

For on-going and up-to-date information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic go to or call 746-3170.

Please know that the Select Board Members are as anxious as you to get beyond this crisis and back to normal. In the meantime, we must all do our part to help stop the spread of COVID-19.