Hampstead will temporarily lift its 2-month-old ban on the outdoor use of water from Sept. 21 to Sept. 28, but lawn watering will continue to be prohibited.
Drought conditions throughout the summer forced town officials impose water conservation measures in July.
"We've had a lot of people saying they want to plant trees and shrubs," said Neil Ridgely, town manager.
He also said the one-week reprieve of the water moratorium will allow businesses to clean parking lots and sidewalks to meet Health Department regulations.
Hampstead officials said the moratorium on outdoor water use was necessary to assure adequate quantities of water for drinking, bathing, laundry use and fire emergencies.
Despite recent rains, Ridgely said, the water levels in town wells remain lower than normal.
Ridgely said he doesn't know when the ban on outdoor water use will be permanently lifted.
"The ground-water supply has not been replenished at the rate people think it is," he said.
Manchester War Memorial work to be discussed
The Manchester War Memorial Committee will meet at 7: 30 p.m. Wednesday at Town Hall to discuss work on the town's memorial.
L The memorial was erected in 1948 by Manchester firefighters.
Pub Date: 9/15/97