To ensure that new small production wells will be able to supply an adequate amount of water that meets drinking water quality standards for small community water systems.
All new and existing small community water systems that plan to utilize a new small production well, an unapproved existing small production well, a replacement small production well, or rehabilitate an existing small production well (deepened or hydrofractured) must obtain approval from DES. A small production well is a well that produces a permitted production volume of less than 57,600 gallons in any 24-hour period.
Statute and Administrative Rules
RSA 485:8 New Hampshire Safe Drinking Water Act/Public Water Supply Protection Program/Approval of Construction Plans
RSA 485:48 New Hampshire Safe Drinking Water Act/Public Water Supply Protection Program/Wellhead Protection
Env-Dw 301 Small Production Wells for Small Community Water Systems
Preliminary Report Form for Small Production Wells for Small Community Water Systems
Requirements include submitting a water conservation plan along with the Preliminary Report Form. See Water Conservation Plan Guidance Document for Community Water Systems .
Final Report Form for Small Production Wells for Small Community Water Systems
There is a 30-day maximum review time for each complete submission.
Final approval expires four years from the original approval date.
Modifications and amendments are allowed prior to final approval. After final approval modifications and amendments are treated as new applications.
Status of Current Applications
Contact (603) 271-8866
The Applicant's Toolkit for Siting Small Community Wells
Field Guide for Pumping Test Operators (Small Production Wells)
Water Quality Sampling Requirements for Pumping Tests (plus radon)
New Community Well Sitings or (603) 271-8866.
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