DES Awards Presented To Protect the Quality and Availability of Local Drinking Water Resources
Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services presented two awards at its annual Drinking Water Source Protection Workshop yesterday. Each year DES recognizes a water system, municipality, organization, or person for exemplary efforts to protect drinking water resources.
The 2012 Source Water Protection Award was presented to David E. Sharples, Director of Planning and Community Development for the City of Somersworth. Mr. Sharples has been instrumental in the city’s recent adoption of innovative low impact development (LID) land use regulations as well as strategic land conservation efforts including a 15-acre parcel that protects over 2,100 feet of frontage along the Salmon Falls River, the city’s primary source of drinking water. He was recognized as a consistent advocate for protecting local drinking water resources and actively participating in the Salmon Falls Watershed Collaborative, whose members are working across municipal and state boundaries to better protect this vulnerable coastal watershed.
The 2012 Source Water Sustainability Award, recognizing work to preserve the sustainability of drinking water resources, was presented to William S. Weber of the Village District of Eastman in Grantham, to honor his work to preserve the availability of local groundwater resources. Mr. Weber has been instrumental in the implementation of various water efficiency enhancements to the water system and in communicating the importance of water conservation to Eastman residents. Through improvements in water use measurement, pressure reduction, and frequent leak detection surveys, the district has successfully been able to reduce water losses. The district has implemented a rate structure to discourage excessive use, developed tailored water conservation materials, and holds an annual open-house for residents to learn about their sources of drinking water.
For photographs or for more information about the awards presented or regarding the annual Drinking Water Source Protection Workshop, please contact Pierce Rigrod at 603 271-0688.
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