Water Quality Report for Milford, New Hampshire

Milford residents should be considering filtered water.

The buzzing town of Milford, New Hampshire is a centrally located pitstop for many surrounding towns and a highly desired spot for future homeowners. A hub for small businesses, tree-lined trails, and beautiful sunset views, this town is home for over 15,000 residents. However, much like it’s neighbor to a lesser extent, the town’s water suffered tremendously due to toxic pollution from a local chemical processing manufacturer. Decades later, Milford is still reaping the impact.

Milford Town Hall
The town of Milford, New Hampshire has a population of 15,000 and is still seeing the side effects of industrial pollution.

Milford is home to two active superfund sites, both on the National Priority List (NPL). NPL is a designated list for superfund sites that require remedial actions, based on eligibility from a high score on the EPA’s Hazardous Ranking System. Typically, the most polluted sites in America are placed on the NPL. A superfund site is an area of land that has been contaminated with hazardous contaminants, posing a great risk to the environment and the health of the people around it. The most notable superfund site in Milford was formerly Fletchers Paint Works, a latex and oil-based paint manufacturer that operated in two buildings within 700 feet of another from 1948 to 1991. Chemical runoff from the Fletchers Paint was found to have contaminated the groundwater and soil with arsenic, lead, and PCBs, along with other toxic chemicals.

Fletchers Paint Souhegan River Fish Advisory
Fletchers Paint Souhegan River Fish Advisory

The Milford municipal water supply is sourced mainly from three groundwater wells as well as purchased water from Pennichuck Water. Groundwater is extremely susceptible to contamination and can commonly contain multiple pollutants produced by naturally-occurring minerals, hazardous waste, environmental factors or man-made elements.

Milford New Hampshire Souhegan River Superfund Site
Milford New Hampshire Souhegan River Superfund Site

The Town of Milford—like most municipalities in New Hampshire—is doing the best it can to treat contaminants in the water. They are primarily doing this by adding chemicals to the water to offset some of the hazards. This approach relies on water treatment plants continually offsetting the more-dangerous substances by adding less-dangerous substances. Even when this careful balancing act is performed properly, treated water is often re-introduced to contaminants by an aging public infrastructure.

Milford’s most threatening contaminants in the town water supply are:

Chlorine

A common disinfectant used by municipal water treatment facilities to remove bacteria. Unfortunately, chlorine in drinking water is known to have adverse effects as well.

Learn more about Chlorine in Drinking Water

Lead

A dangerous heavy metal, that often leaches into the water supply after the water processing plant due to antiquated soldering and lead pipes still found in distribution infrastructure throughout New England.

Learn more about Lead in Water

Disinfection By-Products (DBPs)

While drinking water disinfection has effectively prevented waterborne diseases, an unintended consequence is the generation of disinfection byproducts (DBPs). Epidemiological studies have consistently observed an association between consumption of chlorinated drinking water with an increased risk of bladder cancer. Source.

To combat hazardous pollutants and counteract adverse effects, Milford’s town water is chemically adjusted using:

  • Sodium Hydroxide (To maintain a neutral pH)
  • Calcium Hypochlorite (Controls bacteria)
  • Zinc Orthophosphate (Corrosion control of trace minerals)

NH Tap's Recommendations

Let's get the elephant out of the room first. We understand possible skepticism over a water filtration company raising the alarms about water quality. NH Tap does stand to profit by selling a lot of home water filtration systems because of the poor quality of New Hampshire water. As a business, we do intend to be profitable. But only by providing the best solution to New Hampshire's complex water problems. Our mission is truly to provide the residents of New Hampshire with undoubtedly pure drinking water at a great price.

At NH Tap we believe in improving by removing. Whole-home water filtration removes any lingering groundwater contaminants or chemicals added throughout the treatment process—and sends only pure water to every faucet and appliance in your home.

NH Tap recognizes the concerns with impure drinking water and the desire for clean, pollutant-free water for every faucet in your home. Our mission is to provide access to purified, toxic-free water for every person in Milford, New Hampshire, we at NH Tap developed a whole-home filtration system specifically for the removal of these common water contaminants. A long-lasting, single tank unit that removes chlorine, industrial chemicals, heavy metals and PCBs is just what you need to ensure your town water is safe water.

NH Tap Whole-Home Water Purifiers

Because we customize our water purifiers to order, NH Tap has been able to tailor our filtration media to remove the contaminants shown to exist in Milford's public water and private water.

NH Tap offers free installation on all of our purifiers, a 5-year warranty (including parts and labor), and a lifetime of support.


Get the best in Public Water Filtration

Our NH Tap Mainframe™ public water purifier is customized to order with the correct media mix to remove chlorine, lead, and water treatment chemicals shown to be in Milford's tap water. You can taste the difference of this exact model at Union Coffee Co. just off the Milford oval.

Learn more about the NH Tap Mainframe™


Get the best in Well Water Filtration

Do you or a loved one have a private well in Milford? NH Tap can collect a sample and get you an independent, third-party lab test on your water quality. Should your well show any signs of contamination, NH Tap can put together the right technology to fix your bad water for good.

Explore our NH Tap Absolute™ whole-home purifiers for private wells.

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