The alert by the DES comes in the wake of a rare event in New Hampshire: a meeting of the state’s Drought Management Team, composed of local, state and federal officials. The emergency response team has not had to take action since a prolonged dry spell in 2001-2002.
“This situation needs to be taken seriously by people who need to take steps,” said Martin. “They need to understand that while they may have water now, that without recharging of the ground water through persistent precipitation, the levels are only going to continue to decrease.”
“Private wells are the most vulnerable, and some well owners are already having problems.”