FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 25, 2017
Contact David Sullivan, Town Administrator (603) 432-7732
MANDATORY WATER USE RESTRICTION
WINDHAM, NH – Beginning Tuesday, May 2, 2017, the Town of Windham will implement a reduced mandatory ban on outdoor lawn watering; from the current Level 3 complete ban to Level 2. This will be a Town-wide restriction that applies to all residential private well owners.
To address the ongoing drought conditions, the Town of Windham in accordance with policy #WIN 2:00:27:16, “Regulation Restricting Residential Outdoor Lawn Watering”, has implemented the following water restriction to help conserve our water resources:
Per Section IV, Sub-section B. Level 2
RESIDENTIAL OUTDOOR LAWN WATERING IS RESTRICTED AS FOLLOWS
The Town of Windham appreciates your effort and cooperation with this Mandatory Water Use Restriction in an effort to sustain our drinking water supply during these dry conditions. If applicable, it is important to reprogram your sprinkler system to the restrictions set forth above. Please monitor www.WindhamNH.gov and the Windham Independent closely for further guidance and updates. Violations of these restrictions should be reported to the Windham Police via the non-emergency number, (603) 434-5577.
UPDATE: April 11, 2017: As part of their 4/10 meeting, the Board of Selectmen held a public discussion regarding the status of the Mandatory Water Use Restriction. Residents are advised that no changes were made to the current, Level 3 restriction prohibiting residential outdoor lawn watering. The Board will re-address this matter as part of the 4/24 agenda.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 4, 2016
FOR INFORMATION: Contact David Sullivan, Town Administrator (603) 432-7732
MANDATORY WATER USE RESTRICTION
WINDHAM, NH – Beginning Wednesday, October 12, the Town of Windham will implement a mandatory ban on outdoor lawn watering. This will be a Town-wide restriction that applies to all residential private well owners.
The NH Department of Environmental Services is urging municipalities to implement water-use restrictions. Drought conditions have become significantly worse, with over half the state in drought and the extreme drought moving from the seacoast farther into southern New Hampshire. Low stream flows and low groundwater levels are occurring across the state.
To address the ongoing drought conditions, the Town of Windham in accordance with policy #WIN 2:00:27:16, “Regulation Restricting Residential Outdoor Lawn Watering”, will implement the following water restriction to help conserve our water resources:
Per Section IV, Sub-section C. 1)
RESIDENTIAL OUTDOOR LAWN WATERING IS PROHIBITED
The Town of Windham appreciates your effort and cooperation with this Mandatory Water Use Restriction in an effort to sustain our drinking water supply during these dry conditions. If applicable, it is important to reprogram your sprinkler system to the restriction set forth above. Please monitor www.WindhamNH.gov and the Windham Independent closely for further guidance and updates.
DATE: October 19, 2016
Eversource Reminds Property Owners of Hazards from Drought-Stressed Trees. Company shares tips for preventing outages and damage from weakened branches.
MANCHESTER, N.H. (October 19, 2016) - Living in the second most forested state in the country means New Hampshire residents have a unique appreciation for the value of trees to the landscape. But it also means we understand the devastating impact trees can have on the electric system, with trees accounting for more than 60 percent of all power outages.
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DATE: September 29, 2016
CONTACT: James Martin, 603 271-3710
Report Drought Related Economic Impacts to NHDES
Concord, NH - The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) is now collecting information on economic impacts related to the drought to help assess the location and severity of drought impacts and manage drought response efforts. Homeowners on private wells and public water suppliers, as well as industrial, commercial, institutional and agricultural water users withdrawing water from wells or surfaces waters that have experienced or are experiencing water supply issues are asked to report drought impacts. An electronic survey to report impacts for homeowners on private wells as well as a survey for all other water users has been posted at www.des.nh.gov on the home page under What’s New or on the Drought Management Program webpage:
While southern New Hampshire is experiencing the most severe drought, water shortage issues are occurring across the state and should also be reported. It is unlikely that enough rain to fully recharge water resources in drought areas will be received before this winter. NHDES will continue to collect information on economic impacts associated with the drought until drought conditions are alleviated.
DATE: September 27, 2016
VOLUNTARY WATER BAN IN EFFECT
Under RSA 41:11 d, the Windham Board of Selectmen have the authority to adopt regulations allowing them to restrict the watering of lawns on residential properties within the boundaries of the Town of Windham. Although the Board has not adopted such regulations, as yet, during extreme drought conditions the health and safety of Windham residents should be priority.
In light of the ongoing, extreme drought conditions in our area, the Board of Selectmen last evening voted to request residents adhere to a VOLUNTARY BAN on all residential outdoor watering effective immediately. Residents are urged to make efforts to conserve water and to refer to the following links containing information regarding water saving techniques and the urgency of the drought situation.
This voluntary ban shall remain in effect until further notice. On behalf of the Board of Selectmen, we appreciate your adherence to this ban and your conservation of water.
DATE: August 3, 2016
CONTACT: James Martin, (603) 271-3710
NHDES Urges Residents to Conserve Water in Drought Areas
Concord, NH - A combination of a below average snowpack in the spring, little precipitation to recharge the groundwater, an increase of evapotranspiration in the summer, and the inability of New Hampshire watersheds to store large volumes of water due to their geology has landed the northern half of the state in abnormally dry conditions and the southern half in severe drought. During the July 22, 2016 meeting of the New Hampshire Drought Management Team (DMT), State Climatologist, Mary Stampone, indicated that relief was not in the near future and drought conditions will likely persist into the fall. As a result of the current conditions and the long-term forecast, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) is urging New Hampshire residents to conserve water as long as drought conditions persist.
To protect water supplies, over one hundred public water systems in New Hampshire have implemented outdoor water use restrictions or bans in their service areas. If you reside in an area of severe drought, which currently includes the following counties: Belknap, Cheshire, Hillsborough, Merrimack, Rockingham, Strafford and Sullivan, and your water supplier has not issued a restriction or if you are a private homeowner on your own well, NHDES urges you to refrain from using water outdoors except for hand watering of vegetable gardens until precipitation mitigates drought conditions. For counties experiencing abnormally dry conditions, including Grafton, Carroll, and Coos counties, NHDES recommends outdoor water use be limited to watering every other day and to between the hours of 7pm and 8am. Saving water for essential uses, such as drinking, cooking and cleaning of clothes and dishes and limiting non-essential uses such as watering of lawns is the most effective way to sustain water supplies until enough rain is received to replenish water sources.
The last significant drought the state experienced was between 2001 and 2003. Since then, many changes have been made to help mitigate drought conditions. Water suppliers have invested in backup supplies, including emergency interconnections with other water suppliers, and adopted water restrictions; the Water Conservation Program at NHDES was created; and legislation was enacted to allow municipalities to quickly implement residential lawn watering bans on public and private supplies. “Lessons have been learned from past droughts and tools have been put in place to help avoid water shortage emergencies, but we really are at the mercy of the weather” states Stacey Herbold, NHDES Water Conservation Program. “The fact is there is nothing we can do to replenish our water supplies. There is no rainmaker. For now, the best we can do is limit our use to essentials and let the lawn go dormant until rainier days come.”
For updates on drought conditions and outdoor water use restrictions; water efficiency tips; and drought guidance for municipalities, public water systems, and homeowners, visitwww.des.nh.gov and scroll through the “A-Z List” to the “Drought Management Program.”
This message brought to you by the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, 29 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03302. Comments or questions can be directed to Jim Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PUBLIC NOTICE – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: The Board of Selectmen is currently accepting letters of interest from Windham residents to fill positions on various Town boards and committees. Letters should be submitted to the Town Administrator, 3 North Lowell Road, or via email to TownAdmin@WindhamNH.gov no later than May 12, 2017 for consideration. Interviews with the Board of Selectmen will then be scheduled for a future meeting. Please be sure to include your address and a daytime phone number. Questions should be directed to the Town Administrator, 432-7732. (Note: Some of the expiring positions are currently held by individuals who may choose to seek re-appointment.)
CABLE ADVISORY BOARD – 2 REG EXPIRING & 2 ALT VACANT: Two 3-yr, One 2-yr & One 1-yr terms. Meets the second Thursday evening of every other month. Oversees the operations of the Cable Studio and other cable-related services of the Town, particularly as liaison to the local cable provider.
CONSERVATION COMMISSION – 2 REG & 1 ALT EXPIRING/1 ALT VACANT: Three 3-yr & One 1-yr terms. Meets the second and fourth Thursday evenings of each month. Deals primarily with issues such as wetland and aquifer protection and review of subdivision plans for compliance; negotiates land purchases for approval by the Selectmen.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE – 2 EXPIRING: 3-yr terms. Meets the second Friday morning of each month. Assists, counsels and advises the residents, Selectmen, other Town boards/departments, and businesses on the benefits and merits of Economic Development.
FORESTRY COMMITTEE – 2 EXPIRING: 3-yr terms. Meeting time varies. Committee is responsible for the management of the McIlvaine Town Forest in accordance with RSA 31:111.
HISTORIC DISTRICT COMMISSION – 2 REG EXPIRING/2 ALT VACANT: Three 3-yr & One 2-yr terms. Meets the second Thursday evening of each month. Commission is charged with oversight of the Town’s designated historic districts, and the preservation of historic resources.
HOUSING AUTHORITY – 1 EXPIRING: 5-yr term. Meeting time varies. Primary responsibility is the development of a means to provide affordable housing for the elderly.
LOCAL ENERGY COMM. – 2 REG EXPIRING/2 REG VACANT/2 ALT VACANT: Three 3-yr & Three 1-yr terms. Meeting time varies. Primary role is to advise and assist the Town and its residents on reducing their energy usage and costs.
MUSEUM TRUSTEES – 2 REG & 1 ALT EXPIRING: 3-yr terms. Meets the second Wednesday evening of each month. The Trustees are charged with cataloging/obtaining historical artifacts and general operations of the Town Museum.
RECREATION COMMITTEE – 2 REG EXPIRING/3 ALT VACANT: Three 3-yr, One 2-yr & One 1-yr terms. Meets the third Thursday evening of each month, with some additional days for field inspections. Handles the recreational activities of the Town, including the Town Beach. Works with various associations involved with sponsoring activities.
SEARLES SCHOOL & CHAPEL TRUSTEES – 1 REG EXPIRING: 3-yr term. Meeting time varies. Primary responsibility of the Trustees is the oversight of the Searles School and Chapel.
(REG = Regular Member, ALT = Alternate Member)
We would like to invite you to participate in the 2017 Adopt-A-Spot Program. This Program provides businesses, volunteer groups, non-profit organizations and residents of the community, an opportunity to help improve designated areas of Town that could benefit from some love, care and attention.
We have “clean-up” spots and “garden” spots available for you to adopt and maintain through the month of September.
For those who want to support the Program and help keep Windham beautiful but just can’t commit the time to do the work yourself, we have you covered. You can “adopt” a spot for a one-day clean-up during the month of June.
We are accepting applications for our 2017 Adopt-A-Spot Program now through June 1st.
This is a great way for your business or non-profit organization to become involved in the community, help improve the overall physical appearance of the town, and is something we can all take pride in!
To see the spots available for adoption or for more information about the Program, please contact Cheryl Haas, Recreation Coordinator, at 603-965-1208 or email@example.com.
The 2017 Adopt-A-Spot Program would not be possible without the generous support of many local Windham businesses and participants. Thank you!