Some coastal water restrictions are lifted
Although it is no longer considered to be in a drought, outdoor water restrictions remain in place in Dover. North Hampton and Rye are back to normal.
Heavy rains from Tropical Storm Elsa were used to displace Strafford County and York County 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.
“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:
- Watering lawns outside, washing cars, SUVs, trailers and trucks, and filling swimming pools with more than 100 gallons of water are all prohibited.
- 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 also continues to ban outdoor water use. Porstmouth is also continuing its voluntary use of water
Rockingham County, where seven inches of rain has fallen since July 1, has gone from unusually dry to nil. 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.