N.H.'s Drinking Water Systems: A Look At PFOA, Aging Infrastructure, and Private Well Testing

Apr 7, 2016

After the Flint, Michigan water crisis, many around the country started taking a closer look their own water systems. And with a recent contamination scare in southern New Hampshire by the chemical PFOA  - the concerns have become local.  We'll look at the state's sources for drinking water, and the challenges to delivering it free from contaminants.


  • Sarah Pillsbury, administrator of the public drinking water program at New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services
  • Jane Ceraso, director of water resource protection programs at New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission, which assists member states

We'll also hear from:

  • Matthew Medsger, reporter for the Nashua Telegraph.
  • Howard Weiss-Tisman, Vermont Public Radio's southern Vermont correspondent, covering Windham and southern Windsor counties. He's been covering the PFOA contamination issue for VPR.
  • Barbara Reid, Government Finance Advisor for the New Hampshire Municipal Association. She focuses on municipal financial operations, including funding for local public water infrastructure.

Read more:

  • N.H. Department of Environmental Services' page on the ongoing PFOA investigation: NHDES is investigating the presence of perfluorochemicals (PFCs) in drinking water in the towns of Merrimack and Litchfield, New Hampshire. The investigation was initiated in early March 2016, when Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics notified NHDES that perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) was detected at low levels.
  • The NHDES Be Well Informed Guide, which provides information for private well owners about test results from their well water.
  • NHDES fact sheet for private well owners