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New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

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DATE: July 12, 2019
CONTACT: Jim Martin, 603 271-3710

Concord, NH - Funding is available from the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) to develop and implement programs to protect existing sources of public drinking water. The grants are available to water suppliers, municipalities, regional planning agencies, non-profit organizations, educational institutions, conservation districts and state agencies. Applicants can receive up to $20,000 for projects that protect drinking water sources, including watershed planning, delineation of protection areas, assessment of threats to water supply sources, "on the ground" implementation projects, and source security.

Over the last 23 years, over 300 Local Source Water Protection Grants have been awarded to drinking water partners across the state to undertake efforts to secure and protect public sources of drinking water. In 2019, 12 Local Source Water Protection Grants were awarded to water utilities, municipalities, nonprofits, and regional planning commissions, these included projects to:

  • Review and update zoning ordinances.
  • Install security features around drinking water sources.
  • Evaluate land uses and conservation opportunities near a drinking water reservoir.
  • Design stormwater best management practices near water sources.
  • Begin development of a regional drinking water protection plan.
  • Investigate sources of groundwater contamination.
  • Evaluate management options to reduce nutrient loading into a drinking water source.

The application packet is now available online to provide sufficient lead time for applicants to work with stakeholders to determine what protections are necessary to address potential contamination threats, coordinate with working partners, and determine a budget. NHDES is happy to confer with potential applicants in advance of the development of an application.

Applications are due on November 1, 2019 and can be found at:

For more information about the Local Source Water Protection Grant Program, please contact Andrew Madison, NHDES Drinking Water and Groundwater Bureau, at or (603) 271-2950.

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