Consolidation Study Assistance Program

(CSAP)

Funded by the NH Drinking Water and Groundwater Trust Fund | Administered by the NH Department of Environmental Services | In accordance with the Public Water System Consolidation Study Initiative for Small Public Water Systems approved by the Drinking Water and Groundwater Advisory Commission on February 8, 2021

Purpose/Goals

NHDES understands small community water systems (CWS) and non-transient, non-community (NTNC) water systems in New Hampshire face many unique challenges, including current and proposed standards for PFAS, arsenic, radionuclides, 1,4-dioxane, and manganese, and the technical and financial requirements of installing, operating, and maintaining treatment. National compliance statistics show that small systems incur a higher rate of violations under the Safe Drinking Water Act compared to larger systems, due to the increased financial, managerial and technical burden per capita to meet the standards.

A total of $200,000 in funding has been approved by the NH Drinking Water and Groundwater Advisory Commission to assist small systems to identify and evaluate the feasibility and cost-effectiveness of connecting to another community water system, so that systems can make informed decisions regarding the best long-term options for maintaining a safe, reliable drinking water supply for their users. Receipt of the grant is non-binding and will not require the small system to pursue the interconnection.

Eligible Applicants

Eligible applicants must have source(s) exceeding a state drinking water maximum contaminant level (MCL) or Ambient Groundwater Quality Standard (AGQS) prior to treatment, or a documented water supply shortage that can be addressed by connecting to another CWS, and are either a:

  • Community Water System (CWS) serving up to 1,000 people or,
  • Non-profit, non-transient, non-community (NTNC) water system (for example, public schools).

Eligible Costs

Grants may be awarded up to $10,000 maximum per eligible water system (no match required). The following activities will be considered eligible for reimbursement under the grant. (Also see “Minimum Technical Requirements” below).

  • An engineering opinion of conceptual costs comparing connecting to a larger community water system versus treating, maintaining, and operating a system’s own well sources. The evaluation shall include both capital and 20-year present worth operation and maintenance costs. Connection costs must include required infrastructure and connection fees.
  • As a condition of funding, the engineering consultant must prepare or update and submit a Small Water System Asset Management Business Plan using the NHDES template or equivalent. Preparation of the Water Business Plan will be an eligible expense under the grant up to the $10,000 total limit.

For Questions Contact

Erin Holmes, P.E.
Drinking Water and Groundwater Trust Fund Administrator
Erin.Holmes@des.nh.gov
603-271-8321