DES Encourages Homeowners to Conserve Water
Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services is reminding residents on the need to conserve water resources. Although New Hampshire is not currently under a formal drought declaration, the present heat spell coupled with lower than normal precipitation is causing people to use more water than usual. Some areas of the eastern half of the state have received three to five fewer inches of rainfall over the last 90 days than typical. Southern Coos County shows an even larger departure from normal. Although water conservation is something that needs to be practiced year-round, it can be especially important as a proactive measure during dry conditions and hot weather.
“One of the easiest steps a homeowner can take is to reduce the amount of water used outdoors,” said Derek Bennett, manager of the Water Use and Conservation program. “Discretionary uses, like lawn irrigation, can account for the majority of a homes total use during the summer months.” Lawn irrigation often leads to restrictions as water systems confront increasing water demand in the face of limited supply. “Adhering to water use restrictions is important,” said Bennett. “Water systems implement restrictions to avoid larger problems down the road, and full cooperation by the water system connections is needed to be successful.”
Even without restrictions in place, reducing the amount of water used on landscapes makes sense, both environmentally and financially. Reducing lawn size, ensuring adequate topsoil, and choosing drought tolerant grass mixes are good first steps. If irrigation is needed to supplement rainfall, the typical lawn requires less than an inch of water per week (irrigation and rainfall combined).
DES has prepared a series of guidance documents that assist homeowners with reducing water use both inside and outside of the home. Please visit: http://des.nh.gov/organization/commissioner/pip/factsheets/dwgb/index.htm#efficiency for a complete list of water efficiency fact sheets.
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