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Extreme Drought

Citizens of Barnstead: our town is now classified in the extreme drought category. Based on current weather models there is a high probability that drought conditions will degrade further before patterns change and conditions improve.

Fall is usually a time when we expect rain to replenish our aquifers. At this point the weather services and state emergency services are not optimistic that this will happen sufficient to remove the threat before we begin the winter freeze-up.

As we move into fall there will also be an increase in dry grasses and leaves. Fire danger will increase.

Please review the recommendations for conservation on this page and other sources. I ask that you voluntarily suspend outside water use to include watering lawns, washing vehicles etc.

There are also many ways to reduce your inside consumption. For your own peace of mind and comfort - and for all our residents - please take action on as many of these measures as possible.

While I don't want to be an alarmist, I do want to stress the potential danger should the current drought pattern continue.

It will take a concerted, town-wide effort to keep our aquifers, wells and cisterns at usable levels.

Please do your part. Help your town and neighbors weather this water emergency.

Wayne Santos
Emergency Management Director

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