State of New Hampshire Approves New Standards for Four PFAS Compounds
The City of Portsmouth is currently in compliance with current and proposed drinking water standards for Perflourinated compounds (PFAS).
Each year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires community water systems to deliver a Consumer Confidence Report – also known as an Annual Drinking Water Quality Report – to their customers. These reports, which are mailed out to water customers by July 1st, provide information about their drinking water quality from the previous year of sampling including a summary of detected contaminants, compliance, and educational information.
Despite the cool and wet weather pattern we have been experiencing in Southern New Hampshire, this area continues to have below normal precipitation. Precipitation since December 2018 is only 65% of normal. However, the cooler weather has resulted in lower than normal irrigation and water demands in our system.
Guided public tours of the Peirce Island Wastewater Treatment Facility (WWTF) construction site will be conducted on Thursday, June 13, 2019 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. City staff, along with others involved in the construction of the Peirce Island WWTF upgrade project, will be guiding interested parties through the construction site to provide an opportunity to observe the status of the ongoing construction.
The City of Portsmouth’s water supply staff continue to monitor all of our public water supply sources for Perfluorinated compounds (PFAS) every six months. The following report details the most recent analysis of the Portsmouth supply sources taken in April 2019.
A water main break has occurred on Route 1 near the location of Mr. Mac’s restaurant. Public Works crews have shut off the water main while they address this issue; this affects buildings along Route 1 heading in the direction of Rye, as well as surrounding side streets with the exception of Ocean Road. Crews anticipate the water to be turned back on around noon to 1 p.m. this afternoon. Crews will be shutting the water main off again overnight from midnight to 4 a.m. to permanently fix this break.
The Water Division will start their twice annual routine hydrant flushing of the City’s 190 miles of water mains to remove sediment buildup on Monday, April 15th. This work will occur on both public and private hydrants spanning New Castle, Rye, Greenland, Newington and Portsmouth, lasting about six to eight weeks. Between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m., Monday through Thursday, crews will open select fire hydrants, releasing water with enough velocity to carry sediment out of the pipes.
The Portsmouth Water Division has resumed their monthly water supply status report this spring with its April 2019 report. This report also includes a review of 2018 activity and recent trends.
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) released for public comment its health consultation report, “Per and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in the Pease Public Water System,” in Portsmouth, Newington, and Greenland, New Hampshire. ATSDR will accept comments from the public until June 3, 2019.
The City of Portsmouth and the United States Air Force are pleased to announce the execution of a contract with Kinsmen Corporation of Hookset, New Hampshire to construct a new water treatment system on the three wells (Smith, Harrison and Haven) that serve the Pease Tradeport.