Rockingham County

Residential Water Solutions in Rockingham County

Con­sid­ered the “Com­merce Cen­ter of South­ern New Hamp­shire”, Rock­ing­ham Coun­ty has been cit­ed on numer­ous occa­sions as one of the best loca­tions in which to estab­lish a home and a thriv­ing busi­ness. The City of Portsmouth, New Hamp­shire has most recent­ly been iden­ti­fied by Mon­ey Mag­a­zine as the fifth best place to live in the Unit­ed States. Cit­ed in this report were out­stand­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties in edu­ca­tion, strate­gic busi­ness loca­tion, a skilled labor force, no state income tax and an excel­lent qual­i­ty of life.

In NH, past stud­ies esti­mate that a rel­a­tive­ly high num­ber of ran­dom­ly select­ed pri­vate bedrock wells con­tain con­cen­tra­tions of arsenic exceed­ing the MCL1,2,3 The south­east­ern region of the state has the great­est poten­tial for arsenic con­cen­tra­tions greater than or equal to 5 ppb and 10 ppb. There may be 41,000 peo­ple in just the coun­ties of Mer­ri­mack, Straf­ford, Hills­bor­ough, and Rock­ing­ham Coun­ty that are drink­ing water with arsenic lev­els above the EPA stan­dard. 4,5   For more infor­ma­tion on arsenic in drink­ing water, see the link at Arsenic in Drink­ing Water

In light of a study released by the U.S. Geo­log­i­cal Sur­vey, the New Hamp­shire Depart­ment of Envi­ron­men­tal Ser­vices (NHDES) urges every­one with a pri­vate well to test their water. The USGS study found that 80,000 res­i­dents in Hills­bor­ough, Rock­ing­ham, and Straf­ford coun­ties alone may have unhealthy lev­els of one or more tox­ic met­als in their drink­ing water.  Radon in water is anoth­er con­cern in many areas with­in Rock­ing­ham Coun­ty. Also preva­lent is Arsenic in well water.  Some of the towns these con­t­a­m­i­nants have been found in include Atkin­son, Kingston, Hamp­ton, Auburn, Ray­mond and Wind­ham among oth­ers.

In addi­tion to Arsenic and Radon in water, many home­own­ers have installed water fil­tra­tion sys­tems to remove iron from water, man­ganese from water and also pH Neu­tral­iza­tion sys­tems to com­bat acidic or cor­ro­sive water.  Removal of MTBE from water, a gaso­line addi­tive that can reach well water from leaky stor­age tanks has also been an issue in cer­tain areas.  Water soft­en­ers will soft­en and remove iron and man­ganese from well water while a pH neu­tral­iza­tion sys­tem will neu­tral­ize acid (low pH) water.  MTBE can be removed with the appro­pri­ate type of car­bon fil­tra­tion sys­tem.  Addi­tion­al­ly, reverse osmo­sis tech­nol­o­gy is effec­tive at remov­ing most con­t­a­m­i­nants from your drink­ing water.

  1. Mont­gomery, D.L., et al., Arsenic Con­cen­tra­tions in Pri­vate Bedrock Wells in South­east­ern New Hamp­shire, in U.S.G.S. Fact Sheet 051–03. 2003. p. 1–6. 8 Peters, S.C., et al., Arsenic occur­rence in New Hamp­shire drink­ing water.
  2. Envi­ron­men­tal Sci­ence and Tech­nol­o­gy, 1999. 33(9): p. 1328–1333. 9 Ayotte, J.D., et al.,
  3. Esti­mat­ed Prob­a­bil­i­ty of Arsenic in Ground­wa­ter from Bedrock Aquifers in New Hamp­shire, 2011. 2012. p. 25.
  4. Mont­gomery, D.L., et al., Arsenic Con­cen­tra­tions in Pri­vate Bedrock Wells in South­east­ern New Hamp­shire, in U.S.G.S. Fact Sheet 051–03. 2003. p. 1–6. 11 Ayotte, J.D., et al., Esti­mat­ed
  5. Prob­a­bil­i­ty of Arsenic in Ground­wa­ter from Bedrock Aquifers in New Hamp­shire, 2011. 2012. p. 25.