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DATE: May 22, 2017
CONTACT: Pierce Rigrod, (603) 271-0688

NHDES Presents Drinking Water Source Protection Awards
Annual Source Protection Conference Explored Major Challenges and Opportunities to Protect Drinking Water in New Hampshire

Concord, NH – On May 18, 2017, two awards were given by the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES) at its annual Drinking Water Source Protection Conference at the Grappone Center in Concord. A Source Water Protection Award was presented to the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests (SPNHF). SPNHF was recognized for its longstanding efforts to develop and carry out strategic conservation projects that serve to protect lakes, rivers and aquifers that are sources of drinking water. SPNHF is currently involved in permanently conserving 1,870 acres of pristine watershed around Tower Hill Pond in Candia and Hooksett that provide clean water to Lake Massabesic, a primary source of drinking water for Manchester. The University of New Hampshire/Town of Durham water system received NHDES’ Source Water Sustainability Award for developing a water conservation plan, passing local regulations limiting residential water use during drought and creatively expanding its groundwater storage capacity through the development of an artificial aquifer recharge area. Moving forward, when the Lamprey River is experiencing high flows, water can be pumped from the river into recharge basins and “stored” within the aquifer. During the drier summer months, when river flows are low, the stored water is "harvested" to supply the water system.

The NHDES Drinking Water Source Protection Conference is an annual day-long event, which was attended this year by over 240 water suppliers, municipal officials and volunteers, and industry consultants. Conference presentations and discussions included challenges facing public water suppliers today including PFAS (poly and perfluorinated compounds), lead, harmful algal blooms and the risks from large chemical spills. Additionally, NHDES gave a "Year in Review" summarizing important work done in New Hampshire to protect drinking water through strategic land conservation, tracking and responding to toxic algal blooms and expanding use of NHDES' Be Well Informed webtool to help private well users select appropriate water treatment options.

For more information about the NHDES Drinking Water Source Protection Conference, please contact Pierce Rigrod, NHDES, at (603) 271-2017.

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