I’ve heard that the State recommends 65 gallons/day per person. Is that a regulation?

No, it’s not a law but a State targeted maximum which affects approval of grants and permits from the DEP. Reasonably conserving summer irrigation water will help us meet this metric while also saving money down the line, as we’ll treat less water and be less likely to need an expensive third source of water (in addition to Gravelly Pond and Lincoln Street Well). With reasonable conservation, Manchester can continue to rely on voluntary cooperation with watering restrictions. 

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1. Where does our water come from?
2. I thought we have plenty of water, so why is the Task Force recommending significant conservation?
3. What is the water rate tier structure?
4. Why did the Water Task Force recommend changing the Water Rates?
5. How would the proposed rate changes affect me?
6. Won’t the proposed water rates unfairly penalize large families?
7. When could the Water Rates change?
8. The Task Force recommended lowering the Tier 1 rate – isn’t that an incentive to consume more and not to conserve?
9. Why not institute an increased rate structure for summer months only?
10. I hear that new digital “smart” water meters are being considered for all water users in town. When will they be installed?
11. Would the proposed rates also affect my separate meter for irrigation?
12. Are the sewer rates also going up?
13. I have a tenant who’s also on my water meter – how will that be handled?
14. Will everyone in the Top 20% see higher water bills under the recommended new rates?
15. I’ve heard that the State recommends 65 gallons/day per person. Is that a regulation?
16. What is the quality and cost of Manchester’s water?
17. If enough households cut their summer water usage, wouldn’t that bankrupt our Water Division?
18. How can I conserve more drinking water?
19. Do we really want to encourage high usage households to drill their own irrigation wells?
20. What’s my water usage over the past 10 years?
21. Is everyone eventually going to get a digital smart water meter?
22. Where can I read the findings of the Water Task Force?
23. Isn’t this just a disguised tax increase aimed at larger properties?
24. What if these new rates are enacted but don’t encourage much water conservation?