What to Know About the NHDES PFAS Removal Rebate

What is the State of New Hampshire doing to fix the PFAS water issue?

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 —

  1. 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
  2. To be eligible, you must be the owner of a single or multi-unit dwelling (or a tenant/occupant who has not had their landlord apply for the rebate) or a vendor/subcontractor who is given permission via a waiver to apply on behalf of the applicant.
  3. You can apply online or fill out the forms.
  4. For reimbursement, you need lab results showing your water is at or above the exceedance level, receipts and invoices, spec sheets for the treatment media, photo documentation of the system or connection, and post-treatment lab results proving the PFAS reduction.
  5. 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.

    Your team at NH Tap is an approved contractor on the state list, and we can provide a unique option for installing your PFAS filtration system and earning the PFAS water filtration 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:

    We can provide this service through a third-party lab, or you can have it completed directly by the lab of your choice. Pricing for a PFAS lab test typically runs $200 and results typically take 3–5 weeks.

    Simply sign up for a PFAS Lab Test to see what’s in your water and what you can do about it.

    PFAS Filtration System

    If your water does have unsafe levels of PFAS, we will provide you with a recommendation for the right unit and a quote for a PFAS water filtration system. Under this PFAS removal rebate program, NH Tap is the only water filtration company that can install the unit at no cost to you!

    The NH Tap PFAS Pure Filtration System removes all trace elements of PFAS with a superior carbon filtration media. All of our quotes include the cost of professional installation, a 5-year warranty on parts and installation, and estimated maintenance intervals and costs.

    The Whole Home Filtration System removes all traces of PFAS and provides specific custom filtration needed to get clean water from your well water or city water supply.

    If your report exceeds the state limits for PFAS and is approved by the NHDES, you can have your Install completed at no charge in 2-4 weeks. We will ensure that the proper paperwork is processed and that you have a hassle-free solution to fix your water issues. NH Tap will work with you to find an installation date that fits your schedule.

    If you had your water tested by a third party, we would need to do a site check before your installation date. Please note that we’ve seen a lot of activity since the state started offering the rebate program. Be sure to act quickly while funding for this rebate program is still available.

    NHDES accepts applications online (preferred) and by mail, email, or hand-delivered. Full details on the submission process and qualifications can be found on the NHDES website.

    The presence of poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) has devastatingly affected NH residents. Fortunately, steps are being taken by state governments and local communities to help reduce exposure levels while also providing educational resources so citizens know how best to protect themselves from potential harm.

    NH Tap loves being able to provide the best solution for NH families and businesses. We look forward to helping those who need this filtration system get the best water quality and eliminate the hazard they currently face with PFAS contamination.

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