2019 Local Source Water Protection Grants

2019 Local Source Water Protection Grant Applications Are Now Available!

Funding is available from the Department of Environmental Services to develop and implement programs to protect existing sources of public drinking water. The grants are available to water suppliers, municipalities, regional planning agencies, non-profit organizations, educational institutions, conservation districts, and state agencies. Applicants can receive up to $20,000 for projects that protect drinking water sources, including watershed planning, delineation of protection areas, assessment of threats to water supply sources, “on the ground” implementation projects, and source security.

The application packet is now available online to provide sufficient lead time for applicants to work with stakeholders to determine what protections are necessary to address potential contamination threats, coordinate with working partners, and determine a budget.  NHDES is happy to confer with potential applicants in advance of the development of an application.

Examples of projects: (a summary of past projects is posted to the website below)

  • Development and adoption of municipal groundwater protection regulations similar to NHDES models.
  • Security improvements such as fencing, gates, or cameras.
  • The creation and implementation of local source water protection plans.
  • Certain transactional costs associated with land conservation to protect drinking water sources.
  • Education and outreach campaigns.
  • Projects which prepare first responders to protect public water supplies.
  • The implementation of stormwater best management practices.
  • Completing state Groundwater Reclassification for community well(s)

For more information or for an application please visit the page below, or contact NHDES staff to discuss your project.


Andrew Madison
Source Protection Coordinator
(603) 271-2950

Pierce Rigrod
Supervisor, Source Water Protection Unit
(603) 271-0688

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