Hopkinton Water Department imposes outdoor watering limits due to drought

  • After a dry start to summer, state officials are warning of a potential drought. Staff photo by Ben Conant

Published: 6/29/2020 5:30:50 PM

Despite Sunday’s thunderstorms that brought very heavy rains to parts of New Hampshire, the region is still in a drought and the Hopkinton Village Precinct Water Department is imposing outdoor water restrictions.

In a statement Monday, the department said it “has already had complaints of low water pressure from multiple customers. Given there is no clear relief predicted for these dry conditions, we need to put in place a mandatory ban on outdoor water usage for all water system users.”

More than three-dozen cities and towns have put in similar restrictions. The National Weather Service said much of New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont and Maine are officially in drought conditions because of limited rain since early May.

The Hopkinton Water District said there can be no sprinkler systems or outdoor lawn watering, no washing down of driveways or patios, and no power-washing or car washing. Hand irrigation of crops for food and water to animals is not restricted.

The district serves the downtown village area, with 96 customers.

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