- Associated Press - Friday, October 21, 2016

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Drought conditions are expanding to northern and western New Hampshire, and the state’s drought management team is asking people to conserve water.

State Climatologist Mary Stampone said Thursday that 20 percent of New Hampshire is experiencing abnormally dry conditions. The rest is experiencing moderate to extreme drought conditions.

She said the latest U.S. Seasonal Drought Outlook indicates little improvement in the southern part of the state, but shows the potential for improvement in the north by the end of January.

“It is imperative that those in drought areas refrain from using water outdoors and abide by local outdoor water use restrictions, as well as conserve indoors,” said Brandon Kernen, manager of hydrology and water conservation at the Department of Environmental Resources.

“Looking for easy ways to save water indoors is not always obvious, but fixing household leaks and replacing old water wasting fixtures, such as showerheads, is a simple way for a family to save water, energy, and money on utility bills,” Kernen said.

Officials at a Thursday meeting in Concord said the lack of water has caused hundreds of wells to fail. Many people who call companies to deepen or replace their wells often have to wait weeks.

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