August 6, 2020
MODERATE DROUGHT CONTINUES FOR SEACOAST AREA
Despite some recent rain events, the Seacoast area remains in a Moderate Drought. One rain event, from June 30th to July 1st resulted in three inches of rain, which improved our conditions considerably. It also reduced water demand from a high of 6.15 million gallons delivered on June 21, 2020 to only 3.50 million gallons on June 30th. Water demand in the system picked up again later in July as the weather continued to be hot and dry.
City water operations staff continue to participate in the New Hampshire Drought Management Team meetings. The State Department of Environmental Services is implementing the State Drought Management Plan to coordinate the State Drought Management Team of state, federal, regional and municipal agencies, including the Portsmouth DPW Water Division. Ongoing actions include: assessing reservoir impacts and adjusting operations, working with drinking water systems statewide and ensuring the public is informed of the impacts and conservation measures that should be employed now to avoid serious problems later in the summer.