- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 5, 2016

PELHAM, N.H. (AP) - Three New Hampshire towns have declared mandatory water restrictions amid an ongoing drought in parts of the state.

WMUR-TV reports that officials in Pelham and Windham are mandating that residents conserve water, regardless of whether they’re on public supply or a private well. Among the restrictions in Pelham is a ban on watering lawns. The guidelines are posted in the town hall.

Pelham officials say residents caught watering their lawns will first get a written warning, but more offenses could result in a fine of up to $1,000.

Pelham’s water restrictions go into effect on Friday; Windham’s takes effect next Wednesday.

The Eagle Times reports that Newport officials decided Monday to make its voluntary water restrictions mandatory, effective immediately.

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