City of Dover implements mandatory water use restrictions

posted on: 8/21/2020

Effective immediately, the City of Dover will implement a mandatory, citywide ban on outdoor water use as local drought conditions worsen.

Drought conditions in Dover and southern Strafford County were elevated this week to severe, prompting the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services to urge affected communities to invoke mandatory water restrictions. With no significant rain predicted over the next several days, and drought conditions persisting, City Manager J. Michael Joyal, Jr., issued an emergency order today, Friday, Aug. 21, 2020, enabling water restrictions on nonessential outdoor water use, per City Ordinance 121-51.

"With drought conditions expected to worsen in the coming weeks, the mandatory restrictions are necessary so we can meet essential commercial, domestic and residential drinking water needs over the course of at least the next 60 days," Joyal said. "The restrictions will likely remain in place until we see significant rainfall and the aquifers relied upon for the city's drinking water supply have been replenished."

Under the emergency order, the following outdoor water use restrictions are in place: <a vi class="perc-more-link"></a>

City of Dover implements mandatory water use restrictions

posted on: 8/21/2020

Effective immediately, the City of Dover will implement a mandatory, citywide ban on outdoor water use as local drought conditions worsen.

Drought conditions in Dover and southern Strafford County were elevated this week to severe, prompting the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services to urge affected communities to invoke mandatory water restrictions. With no significant rain predicted over the next several days, and drought conditions persisting, City Manager J. Michael Joyal, Jr., issued an emergency order today, Friday, Aug. 21, 2020, enabling water restrictions on nonessential outdoor water use, per City Ordinance 121-51.

"With drought conditions expected to worsen in the coming weeks, the mandatory restrictions are necessary so we can meet essential commercial, domestic and residential drinking water needs over the course of at least the next 60 days," Joyal said. "The restrictions will likely remain in place until we see significant rainfall and the aquifers relied upon for the city's drinking water supply have been replenished."

Under the emergency order, the following outdoor water use restrictions are in place:

  • No outside lawn watering or irrigation, including automatic sprinklers, automatic irrigation systems, and no unattended lawn watering
  • No washing of vehicles, including automobiles, trailers and trucks
  • No filling of swimming pools greater than 100 gallons

 Hand watering of gardens and new plantings is allowed. Commercial car washes, agriculture operations, flower shops and garden centers are not affected by the restrictions at this time.

Water conservation efforts by all water users, including well users, will reduce the demands on Dover's water supplies, reduce stress on water resources, and ensure sufficient water is available to meet the needs of all customers, as well as emergency operations, such as fire supply. The emergency order will be enforced by public outreach, followed by warnings to those in violation, and fines of up to $250 per violation, if necessary. For specific questions about the water restrictions, including usage, contact Community Services at 516-6450.

In addition to the mandatory water restrictions outdoors, there are several other ways users can help conserve water, including:

  • Cutting back on shower times, only doing full loads of laundry when necessary, and turning off the faucet while brushing teeth, doing dishes and washing hands.
  • Replace old water fixtures and appliances that are wasting water. Top-loading washing machines built before 2003 and toilets older than 1994 are known to be the largest water-wasting culprits in the home. Showerheads older than 1994 can also waste a great deal of water, as can older bathroom sink aerators. Selecting ENERGY STAR certified machines and replacing old water fixtures with EPA WaterSense certified fixtures is an easy way to ensure you are choosing products that will save water and perform. For guidance on selecting ENERGY STAR and WaterSense certified products and more water efficiency tips, see the NHDES water efficiency fact sheets at https://go.usa.gov/xfSz4.
  • Fix leaks, including running toilets. Running toilets can waste hundreds of gallons a day. Old and worn toilet flappers are often the culprit and are very easy to replace. Also, some toilet leaks can’t be heard. Check for a leak by dropping food coloring (12 drops) or a leak detector dye tablet in the toilet tank. Do not flush for 15 or 20 minutes. If the dye shows up in the bowl, you know that your toilet is running.

The City’s water users can learn more about current drought conditions, outdoor water use restrictions, water efficiency tips, and drought guidance at http://bit.ly/NHDROUGHT.

For more information, contact Community Services at 516-6450.

The emergency declaration and order can be accessed below: