Current weather patterns are trending dryer than normal. Precipitation in March 2019 totaled less than two inches. Overall, since January 2019, precipitation has only been 60 percent of normal. Fortunately, an extended wetter than normal period occurred from July to December 2018. This helped to keep streamflows up and recharged the aquifers. The following graphic highlights the precipitation for the last fifteen months:
Through vigilant monitoring and operational changes, the Portsmouth water system is in good shape heading into the summer. However, if dryer than normal conditions persist, and they are accompanied by higher than normal customer demand, there may be need for additional efficiency measures. Staff will continue to track and assess these conditions and we will provide updates as warranted.
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