- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 31, 2016

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) - Portsmouth officials plan to request that city council ban all outside watering during a meeting next week to combat New Hampshire’s ongoing drought.

Deputy Public Works Director Brian Goetz tells The Portsmouth Herald (https://bit.ly/2c78AZf ) he will recommend the all-out water ban during the council’s meeting next Tuesday in City Hall.

Goetz says to his knowledge there has never been a time when Portsmouth banned all outdoor water use, but the severe drought conditions have made his request necessary.

The planned recommendation comes just weeks after officials placed mandatory restrictions on residents that forced them to water their lawns on odd-numbered days only.

Total rain for this month through Aug. 29 is roughly 1.5 inches less than the historic average. August marks the 11th consecutive month with less than average precipitation.


Information from: Portsmouth Herald, https://www.seacoastonline.com

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