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Voluntary Water Conservation Needed

July 21, 2010

The extended hot and dry weather is causing low water levels in rivers that supply the municipal water system for Durham and UNH. The water level at the Oyster River reservoir has reached the trigger point for Stage 1 of the UNH/Durham water emergency response plan.

The water emergency response plan has five levels, from normal to Stage 4. Members of the UNH community and Durham residents normally practice water conservation, however current conditions call for voluntary conservation measures above normal practices. Recommended Stage 1 voluntary water conservation measures include limiting watering of gardens and lawns, less frequent vehicle washing and refraining from filling swimming pools. Several significant rainfall events will be needed to restore watershed levels to normal for this time of year. Future updates on water supply conditions will be posted on UNHtoday as warranted.


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