UPDATE FROM Water Conservation Program
Water Use Registration and Reporting Program
NHDES Drinking Water and Groundwater Bureau

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. Please continue to monitor supplies carefully and report outdoor water use restrictions using the Reporting Form for tracking purposes and posting on the NHDES website. As of Wednesday, 117 community water systems have reported implementing outdoor water use restrictions. A list of those systems implementing restrictions, model regulations for implementing restrictions, and other guidance and drought status information may be found on the Drought Management webpage.

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

Stacey Herbold
Water Conservation Program
Water Use Registration and Reporting Program
NHDES Drinking Water and Groundwater Bureau
29 Hazen Drive, P.O. Box 95
Concord, NH 03302-0095
PH: (603) 271-6685
FAX: (603) 271-0656