Hampstead

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Deanna Anthony remembers the moment she realized there was something wrong with her water.

It was June 2018, and she and her husband Dave had just moved into a house on Main Street in Hampstead, down the road from where Dave grew up. It had a pool, a big yard where their 7-year-old son could play, and a newly drilled well.

“About two weeks after we moved in, all of a sudden the water started coming out thick and orange and staining. It was just really sudden and I’m like - what happened?” she remembers.

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A private water utility company is getting pushback for its plans to build a major commercial well in Hampstead.

The Hampstead Area Water Company (HAWC) wants a permit from the Department of Environmental Services (DES) to build a new well near Angle Pond. The well would pump up to 160 gallons per minute, a rate twice as fast as HAWC's existing wells in Hampstead and Atkinson.

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Residents in southern New Hampshire could be looking at higher water bills because of a new federal tax on private water utilities.