water infrastructure

WIN WITH WATER: Drinking Water Systems, Communities and New Hampshire Lead to Nation to Overcome Unprecedented Challenges and Create Opportunities

Over the past five years, public water systems and owners of private wells in New Hampshire have faced unprecedented challenges. Poly and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) have contaminated hundreds of wells for public water systems and thousands of private wells throughout the entire state, especially in the southern population centers. Droughts of varying degrees of magnitude have been declared in five out of the last seven years. The health threats posed by arsenic, manganese and lead moved policy makers to implement new standards and approaches to deal with these contaminants.

Funding Essential Community and Municipal Projects - USDA Rural Development

USDA Rural Development is a federal agency focused on the needs of rural communities. USDA-RD offers loans, grants and loan guarantees to help create jobs and support economic development and essential services such as housing; health care; first responder services and equipment; and water, electric and communications infrastructure. It also provides technical assistance to help cities and towns undertake community empowerment programs.

WIN WITH WATER: It’s a Dirty Job, But Someone’s Got to do it!

When you stop to think about it, the importance of water is undeniable. From the water we use to make our coffee in the morning to the water we brush our teeth with at bedtime- water touches every aspect of our lives. Luckily for us, we don’t need to think about it much. In New Hampshire, water plentifully surrounds us in our lakes, rivers, and oceans. Our taps run and our toilets flush. There are professionals out there whose job is to make sure you don’t have to think about these things. So far, this series has touched on the people who provide the water.

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Drinking Water - A Local and Beneficial Resource

In New Hampshire, public water is a very local affair, and your involvement is a great way to enhance your personal wellbeing and community connections.  This article demonstrates public water’s local nature, and how being involved with your water system can be as refreshing as a cold drink on a hot day.

Overview of Treasury’s Final Rule and Reporting Portal Training Webinar

Treasury’s final rule for ARPA funds becomes effective on April 1st and the first report for NEU’s quickly follows on April 30th. As an “NEU,” once a year, you are required to submit Project and Expenditure reports, which includes project, obligation, and expenditure data, project demographics, subaward data, required programmatic data, and Civil Right compliance information. The first reporting deadline for NEUs is April 30, 2022, and covers the period between March 3, 2021 and March 31, 2022.

Win with Water: A Day Without Water – Why Care and What to Do?

Clean, reliable, and affordable water is the foundation of modern society and public health.  Nationwide, drinking and wastewater infrastructure contributes 20% of our economic growth and is considered one of the greatest public health benefits of the 20th century.  Roughly 700,000 New Hampshi

Investing in Water & Wastewater Infrastructure for Long-Term Benefits for New Hampshire Webinar

Through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA), the State of New Hampshire has allocated the Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) $50 million to put towards drinking water and clean water projects. NHDES is anticipating being allocated additional ARPA funding but the amount and timing is unknown right now.

What Can Your RPC Do For You?

The nine New Hampshire regional planning commissions collectively authored the following series of snapshots to illustrate the many ways in which they can support your local planning needs.



The primary role of a Regional Planning Commission (RPC) is to support local municipalities in their planning and community development responsibilities. This is done in a variety of ways such as:

Status Update on "Delayed and Deferred" State Aid Grant Projects

In November 2008, funding for state aid grants (SAG), including landfill closures, public drinking water and wastewater facilities, was suspended by the legislature resulting in a backlog of 127 eligible and completed projects which did not receive any state support in fiscal years 2009-2013. Historically, the legislature has supported these public works projects (pursuant to RSA 486, RSA 486-A and RSA 149-M) for municipalities to receive from 20% to 30% of grant assistance toward principal and interest payments on eligible environmental infrastructure projects.