PFAS Removal Rebate Program for Private Wells

PFAS Removal Rebate Program for Private Wells

**NOTE – FUNDING FOR THE PFAS REMOVAL REBATE PROGRAM IS CONTINGENT UPON FUNDING APPROVAL BY THE LEGISLATIVE FISCAL COMMITTEE AND THE GOVERNOR AND EXECUTIVE COUNCIL. THE INFORMATION BELOW IS BEING PROVIDED TO HELP ANSWER QUESTIONS AND TO PROVIDE BACKGROUND INFORMATION ABOUT THE INITIATIVE**

NHDES will provide a one-time rebate of up to $5,000 per residential unit to assist eligible private residential well users in the purchase and installation of a treatment system (point-of-use or point-of -entry) designed to remove PFAS or up to $10,000 per residential unit to connect to an existing public water system.

The following entities are eligible to apply for the rebate program:

  • Owners of single or multiple-unit residential properties serviced by private well(s)
  • Tenants and occupants of residential property serviced by private well(s) where the owner of the property has not applied for the rebate for the same property.
  • Vendors and subcontractors may apply on behalf of an eligible applicant with an appropriate waiver of claims between the two parties.

Applicants must be able to provide documentation of a PFAS exceedance with no offer of an alternate water source from a third party. Eligible PFAS exceedances include an exceedance of one or more NHDES Ambient Groundwater Quality Standards (AGQS).

Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl SubstanceAmbient Groundwater Quality Standard (nanograms/liter (part per trillion, or ppt))
Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA)12
Perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS)15
Perfluorohexane sulfonic acid (PFHxS)18
Perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA)11

Documentation required with the rebate application include:

  • Certification that the applicant is not receiving alternate water from a third party
  • Certification that the installation complied with applicable state and local plumbing regulations and local permitting requirements
  • Analytical lab results showing an exceedance of one or more of the PFAS AGQS
  • Photo documentation of the installation
  • Filter model and serial number and/or specification sheets for media and equipment installed
  • Post-treatment analytical lab result showing PFAS below the AGQS
  • Proof of ownership or residency
  • Final paid invoice or final invoice from vendor/subcontractor, as applicable
  • Waiver of claims, if applicable

For more information, please refer to our FAQ document.

Application:

Funding for the rebate program was only recently established. The program is in development and we anticipate that we will be accepting applications in two to three months.

  • If the NHDES sampled your well, an email or letter will be sent out to you indicating that the program is accepting applications.
  • If you sampled your well yourself or hired someone else to sample your well, please email pfasrebateprogram@des.nh.gov requesting to be added to a list to be notified when the program is accepting applications.

Note: Treatment installations completed after September 30, 2019 are eligible for this program.  Eligibility must be determined through the application process and approval from NHDES to receive a rebate.

Additional Resources:

Rebate Program for Removal of PFAS in Private Wells – Final Funding Proposal

Selecting the Right Option for You: A Guide to Ensuring Safe Drinking Water

Utilizing the Online Vendor Registration

Contact Information:

PFAS Response Team
pfasrebateprogram@des.nh.gov
(603) 271-1355

About Rep. Steven Smith

Steven Smith is a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, serving his 6th term. Rep. Smith currently represents Acworth, Charlestown, Goshen, Langdon, Lempster, and Washington. Rep. Smith is the Deputy Speaker of the NH House.
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