Salem Residents Warned After Violating Water Restrictions

Aug 17, 2016

Canobie Lake in Salem

Officials in a New Hampshire town say dozens of property owners have been warned about violating water restrictions in Salem.

Municipal Services Director Roy Sorenson tells The Eagle-Tribune the town is holding off on fining violators who comply with a ban on watering lawns and gardens at certain times during the drought.

The restrictions have come amid what the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services says are "severe drought conditions" in Rockingham County.

Sorenson says water levels in Canobie Lake— a primary source of drinking water in Salem — dropped 1.4 feet, then .74 feet in June and July. It's declined an additional .47 feet this month.

Watering is allowed only on odd-number days from midnight to 7 a.m. Residents are prohibited from filling large swimming pools and washing vehicles.