Mandatory Water Ban — All Outdoor Water Use

The Rollinsford Water and Sewer District is continuing to implement a MANDATORY water ban on all outdoor water use. Not only is the entire state teetering on the edge of widespread drought, the RWSD has been closely monitoring our well levels at General Sullivan Well (GSW) and is finding that the well is not able to keep up with current demand. The well is also not performing as it should under some conditions and must be checked by the well company. Furthermore, our water tank level is getting uncomfortably low, nearing the low-water-level alarm to indicate that it would not be able to provide full fire suppression in the case of an emergency. As a result of all of these factors, we will be running Porter Well to supplement the yield to help bring the tank level up to its proper depth.

The current mandatory water ban includes restrictions on all outdoor water use including irrigation, car washing, pool filling, and even the watering of vegetable gardens. Once we are able to get the water tank level up to its necessary depth (hopefully within a week or so), we will consider allowing the watering of vegetable gardens and only maintaining restrictions on other outdoor watering. This is an evolving process and we will be posting signs to indicate the current levels of the ban. In addition, we are exploring the possibility of offering a water fill-up station for District members to fill water jugs for the watering of their vegetables. (In order to run Porter Well, we must discharge a good amount of water and rather than discharging into the woods, we’d like to capture that water use by District members.)

We hope to see our District members come together to adhere to these restrictions to help us get back to where we need to be, enabling water tank levels that are necessary for full fire protection throughout Rollinsford. If you have any questions, please reach out to the District office at 603-742-8124 or via email at Also note that this topic was discussed at length at the RWSD Commissioners’ meeting on May 25th. Please feel free to watch the recording at–9oA7YmpCEYs9EFq6fBDEqQQ/view?usp=sharing (Minutes 48:57 through 1:27:52 and Minutes 1:58:36 through 2:23:18 are when the topic was discussed).