Where has PFAS been detected in New Hampshire?
According to the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, PFAS has been detected in multiple areas throughout New Hampshire.
PFAS in New Hampshire water
The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) began a statewide initiative to test drinking water from all community water supplies for PFAS in 2016. As of November 2021, approximately 78% (1,474) of the 1,880 sources of drinking water that supply public water systems in New Hampshire were sampled for PFAS. Approximately 30% of the wells tested showed evidence of PFAS. In 2019, the NHDES established health-based maximum contaminant levels for PFAS in water.
Here are some of the places where PFAS has been detected in New Hampshire:
- Pease International Tradeport: In 2014, high levels of PFAS were discovered in the water supply at the Pease International Tradeport in Portsmouth. This contamination was linked to the use of firefighting foam at the site. The NHDES has been working to mitigate the contamination and ensure that the water is safe to drink.
- Merrimack: In 2016, high levels of PFAS were discovered in the water supply in Merrimack. This contamination was linked to the use of firefighting foam at a nearby airport. The NHDES has been working with the town to provide residents with clean drinking water.
- Other locations: PFAS has also been detected in several other locations across the state, including Bedford, Litchfield, and Windham.
Given the potential health risks associated with PFAS, it’s important for homeowners to have their well water tested for PFAS and other health contaminants. Secondwind Water Systems Inc has extensive experience in testing and removing water contaminants, including PFAS. We can design and install a customized treatment system that removes PFAS and other harmful contaminants like arsenic, nitrates and more from your drinking water. Secondwind can perform a comprehensive water analysis to identify any contaminants present in your water supply and provide a solution to ensure that your drinking water is safe and healthy.
PFAS Water Detection Results in NH – Map
The NHDES has a PFAS map showing where they have sampled water and where PFAS has been detected. The map also shows the level of PFAS detected, and if the water sampled was from groundwater or a surface water sample. We strongly recommend testing your well water for PFAs, arsenic and other health contaminants on a regular schedule due to how contaminants move through the ground. The NHDES has a website set up specifically focused on PFAS in New Hampshire.
The presence of PFAS in New Hampshire’s water supply is a serious concern, but there are steps that homeowners can take to ensure that their drinking water is safe.
What to do about the possibility of PFAS in your NH well water
Testing your well water for PFAS and other contaminants is essential, and Secondwind Water Systems Inc has the expertise to help you address any water quality concerns you may have.
- Secondwind has extensive experience in and is passionate about providing quality water treatment that works.
- Secondwind offers a double warranty – up to a 10-year manufacturer’s warranty on any equipment that may be needed to remove PFAS or other contaminants, plus the Secondwind Relationship Promise.
- Water chemistry and education are extremely important in determining water treatment solutions, which is why Secondwind employs more Certified Water Specialists and Installers than any other company in New Hampshire.
Secondwind Water is in Manchester, New Hampshire, and services residential homes within a 50-mile radius – from the Seacoast of New Hampshire to Nashua, Keene, and the Lakes Region. We also operate public water systems throughout New Hampshire and work with commercial businesses in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.