Merrimack institutes water restrictions, recommendations

MERRIMACK – The town of Merrimack and Merrimack Village District participated in a statewide phone conference with state officials on Sept. 16 to discuss the drought emergency across the state.

During the conference, the state recommended increased water conservation measures. In support of this recommendation, the town and the MVD encourage all residents, businesses and industries to use personal water conservation measures. In addition, the MVD instituted further restrictions on outside watering from twice daily to once daily, 5-8 p.m. only, odd-evendays.

All town properties and facilities will abide by these restrictions and recommendations.

The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services has developed a link for drought information at

Residents are also alerted that continued drought conditions may create supply shortage concerns for winter water availability, especially for users of private wells. The town and the MVD are strongly encouraging all private well owners to also limit their external watering uses.

Private well owners need to be aware that if the drought continues, their well levels may be limited and may create a concern as the winter progresses. We also strongly encourage all businesses and industries to establish water conservation efforts in order to help the community in meeting its water needs through the winter.

This notice, as well as the NHDES "Drought Emergency in New Hampshire Recommended Measures for New Hampshire Residents" and "2016 Drought Guidance for Homeowners on Private Wells" documents at www. and Updates will be posted as they become available.

Submitted by
Merrimack town manager’s office