Some outdoor water restrictions remain in place in Dover, while North Hampton and Rye are back to normal after much-needed rains that have moved the coast in the right direction regarding drought conditions.
Heavy rains from Tropical Storm Elsa were used to displace Strafford County and York County in Maine from moderate to unusually dry drought in the latest US Drought Monitor report. The National Weather Service said the Elsa rain on July 9 brought a month of rain to some coastal locations.
Not all communities are so lucky. Dover is one of them.
“A precipitation deficit continues. The city is still in a fairly large deficit when it comes to replenishing its aquifers,” read a post on Dover social media platforms on Saturday.
The ban continues to ban:
- Outdoor lawn watering, washing cars, SUVs, trailers and trucks, and filling swimming pools with more than 100 gallons of water.
- Commercial car washes, farms, florists and garden centers are not affected by the restrictions.
Violations of the ordinance will be enforced through public awareness actions followed by warnings to violators and fines of up to $ 250 per violation.
The South Berwick Water District in Maine also continues to ban outdoor water use. Portsmouth is also continuing its voluntary restrictions on water use.
Rockingham County, New Hampshire, where seven inches of rain has fallen since July 1, has gone from unusually dry to zero. As a result, Aquarion Water has lifted its mandatory lawn watering and water use restrictions for North Hampton and Rye.
The water company suggested that conservation should always be practiced by watering lawns only twice a week and not by “watering” the paths.