- Associated Press - Sunday, July 14, 2019

JAFFREY, N.H. (AP) - Two New Hampshire towns are considering a plan to share their drinking water.

New Hampshire Public Radio reports Peterborough and Jaffrey would buy a 500 acre parcel of land so they can manage a group of wells on the property for their municipal water systems.

The towns have received approval from state environmental regulators to pump 577,000 gallons of water each day, far more than the 200,000 gallons they expect to pump.

The move comes amid fears the towns may eventually face water shortages. One of the wells in Peterborough has industrial toxins and can’t be used, while Jaffrey is expecting a spike in demand due to the expansion of a pharmaceutical company in town.

Peterborough voters have approved money for the project. Jaffrey voters will consider it in March.

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