Concord water usage is way up even as precipitation is way down

  • After a dry start to summer, state officials are warning of a potential drought.

  • NWS

Monitor staff
Published: 8/27/2020 6:24:55 PM

People in Concord are using a lot more water during this drought, and the city wishes they’d stop.

According to the General Services department, people and businesses connected to the city water system have been using 6.5 million gallons a day this summer, compared to the four-year average of 5.5 million gallons a day – a period that includes the drought year of 2016. One day this summer, Concord used 7.5 million gallons, about 40% over the average.

At the same, precipitation in 2020 is almost 8 inches below the normal amount for this time of year.

The city has not imposed water restrictions because Penacook Lake, its water supply, remains full, but it is requesting people limit outdoor water use such as watering yards.

“Watering restrictions are still a possibility if high water consumption continues,” noted a press release from General Services.

Scores of communities and private water districts in New Hampshire have instituted limits on water usage this summer.




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