On February 24, 2023, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it was providing $23,186,000 to New Hampshire for clean water infrastructure upgrades. Approximately half of the funding will be in the form of grants or principal forgiveness loans. Pursuant to President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the EPA will distribute the funds to New Hampshire’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF). These funds will bolster the State’s wastewater and stormwater infrastructure projects. The funds are also intended to protect waterways that many communities rely on.
Of this funding, $2.1 million is dedicated to addressing per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and other emerging contaminants across the State. New Hampshire has already established maximum contaminant levels (MCLs) for the following PFAS: PFOA, PFOS, PFHxS, and PFNA. These MCLs represent enforceable limits for public water suppliers and recommendations for private well users.