Town water limited
> Drought leads to restrictions for homeowners, businesses
MILFORD – Homeowners and businesses are being asked to limit their use of water during what is being described as a moderate drought.
Right now it’s voluntary, said Dave Boucher, town water utilities director.
Milford receives backup water supplies from Pennichuck Water Works, but on Saturday, Pennichuck had a problem with a pump. That meant the town didn’t have the Pennichuck option on a day when there was heavy water use.
"Rather than have tanks with not enough water for fires," Boucher said, the town asked that people conserve water. "We had to make a judgment call."
As of Monday, Pennichuck’s pump was still being repaired, he said.
Use of Pennichuck water varies, and the company provided about 6 percent of Milford’s water last year to supplement water from the town’s two wells.
A notice was posted on the town’s website, and residents have been calling the water utilities department and asking if they can fill their kiddie pools or water their vegetable gardens.
"We tell them they can – just use common sense," Boucher said.
If water problems continue, he said, there could be an odd-even system, as there is in Merrimack.
Merrimack Village Water Works started an odd-even ban on outdoor water use Monday, with the reason posted on its website:
"As a result of continued heavy water consumption, extremely high temperatures and lack of precipitation, the MVD is implementing this restriction for the safety of the water supply and overall fire protection."
On the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services’ website, there is a map showing areas of the state where there are water restrictions. Nearly all are in Hillsborough and Rockingham counties.
In May, the rain total for Nashua recorded at Pennichuck Water Works was 1.68 inches, a deficit of 2.39 inches, according to Telegraph weather columnist Doug Webster. So far, 2016 has been dry, he wrote, with a total of 13.72 inches, behind by 5.97 inches.