Irrigation Meter Requests
Jim Siegel from the Department of Public Works, 680 Peverly Hill Road (603) 427-1530
Application must be viewed and approved by Jim Siegel for approval. Irrigation meter application is below, and if you have any questions please feel free to call.
Tier 1: First 10 units of consumption will be billed at the rate of $5.00 per unit.
Tier 2: Consumption above 10 units and up to 20 units will be billed at the rate of $9.70 per unit.
Tier 2: Consumption above 20 units will be billed at the rate of $12.05 per unit.
Hydrant Meter Rental
Meter Department at the Department of Public Works, 680 Peverly Hill Road (603) 427-1530
Meters are available on first come first serve basis. The rental requires a $1,500.00 deposit, and when completed with meter, charges as noted on form are $5.00 per day for meter plus water consumption. The renter is responsible for all pieces rented which are indicated on the form and including function of hydrant which meter is connected.
Backflow Rules & Regulations
The purpose of the Backflow Prevention Program is to ensure that there is no possible contamination of your drinking water due to improper plumbing interconnections.Backflow Prevention Examples of potential cross connections are commercial boilers, a chemical storage plant or a residential property with an irrigation system. The backflow device is a mechanical valve that senses a flow reversal and stops possibly harmful water from mixing with the drinking water.
The program is mandated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the N.H. Department of Environmental Services. There are approximately 1668 backflow devices in the Portsmouth system. The backflow device is owned and maintained by the property owner and the testing is performed by our certified backflow testers. A fee of $55.00 per device test is included in the customers' water bill for the testing service.
Scheduled appointments for the testing are mailed prior to testing date.All properties with irrigation systems and all commercial and industrial buildings require backflow devices. Please contact the meter department at the phone number shown below if you have any questions about the need for a backflow device at your property or questions about the testing process.