Private well owners should test their well water every three to five years for pollutants commonly found in New Hampshire's groundwater, like arsenic, which is estimated to be present at unhealthy levels in 1 in 5 domestic water wells in the state. Many contaminants cannot be detected by taste or smell, only through laboratory testing. The "Be Well Informed" interactive web application from the NH Department of Environmental Services is designed to help you interpret your water test results and, if your well water has contaminants above state or federal standards and guidelines, will provide information about health concerns and appropriate water treatment options. To try "Be Well Informed", have your water testing laboratory report handy and click here to visit the NH Department of Environmental Services website.
Health Officer Peter Broderick and his assistant inspect a test pit.
All septic system designs must be approved by the Health Officer prior to their submittal to the State Department of Environmental Services. A $100.00 fee must accompany your submittal, which also must include a paper copy of the plan (even if you're e-filing the design to the state). The fee includes inspection of the test pit and bed bottom. If the plan is revised due to error and requires a second review, an additional $50.00 fee will be assessed.
Call in advance to arrange for inspections. If you arrange for an inspection and the site isn't ready when the inspector arrives, you will be charged an additional fee of $50.00.
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