New Hampshire residents are increasingly confronted with an invisible yet dangerous threat – PFAS contamination in their water sources. The Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) reports that almost half of the population relies on private wells, 39% of which exceed safe levels for these potentially hazardous “forever chemicals.” This is a critical situation, especially in municipalities such as Merrimack, Bedford, Londonderry, Portsmouth, Exeter, and Windham, where families now face a daunting challenge.
PFAS Impact on NH Residents & Businesses
Due to their lack of biodegradability, PFAS have had a massive impact on the health of local residents and businesses in Merrimack, Nashua, Londonderry, and towns all over New Hampshire. The presence of these chemicals has been linked to cancer, reproductive issues, thyroid diseases, weakened immune systems, developmental disorders, hormone disruption, learning disabilities, and other adverse health effects.
But what if you could ensure that you have completely clean water? Keep reading for a no-cost solution for your home or business.
What is the State of New Hampshire doing to fix the PFAS water issue?
The PFAS Removal Rebate Program from the NHDES is essential to address PFAS-contaminated drinking water resources in our state. Since the investigation was started, the NHDES has tested more than 9,000 private wells, with over 3,500 exceeding standards! They are dedicated to protecting the public’s health and finding solutions for those impacted by PFAS in well water.
Granite Staters living without access to alternate sources of safe drinking water when their private wells exceed Ambient Groundwater Quality Standards (AGQS) can now participate in a special program. This rebate provides financial assistance to eligible well-water homes and businesses with PFAS contamination in their drinking water.
We are incredibly proud of the NH legislature that passed the PFAS rebate program, which is helping some families recover the funds to install water filtration systems! If you are currently looking into PFAS remediation or have had a system installed after September 30, 2019, you may be qualified for the rebate program, depending on application and approval from NHDES*.
Continue reading to find out more about controlling the PFAS problem in the Granite State and how you may qualify for a no-cost PFAS Filtration System installation to fix your water for good.
What to Know About the PFAS Removal Rebate
The PFAS Removal Rebate Program will help pay for PFAS removal or treatment systems to provide clean drinking water — an essential step towards addressing PFAS contamination in NH and ensuring safe access to water for all residents! This rebate allows up to $5,000 (for a PFAS filtration system) or $10,000 to connect the structure to a public water system that’s available; it is per residential structure for those on well water.
To get all the details on the qualifiers, application method, and documentation, visit the NHDES page. Continue reading to find out about our streamlined process. But to go over the basics, here is a rough outline of the process a typical homeowner would go through —
- Prove that your PFAS exceeds 1+ of the NHDES’ Ambient Groundwater Quality Standards (AGQS) and you have not received bottled water or previous treatment from third parties.
The standard is set at —
- Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) – 12 ng/L
- Perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) – 15 ng/L
- Perfluorohexane sulfonic acid (PFHxS) – 18 ng/L
- Perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA) – 11 ng/L
While this is quite the process to undertake if you are the homeowner, we have a solution for you that helps alleviate part of the burden!
Working with NH Tap and claiming your PFAS removal rebate.
With the funding of the NHDES rebate program, NH Tap has been able to launch our PFAS-Free New Hampshire Program—an option for New Hampshire homeowners to have a PFAS Filtration System installed on their private well—at absolutely no cost to them.
Here’s how it works:
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