Seacoast Private Well Initiative

The Seacoast Private Well Initiative is rolling out free well water testing to all households using private wells in 12 communities:

Dover, Exeter, Greenland, Hampton, Madbury, New Castle, Newington, North Hampton,  Portsmouth, Rye, Seabrook, and Stratham.

The Initiative came out of the work of the Seacoast Commission on Long-Term Goals and Requirements for Drinking Water, which was established under RSA 485-F:6, “to plan for long-term goals and requirements for drinking water on the seacoast.” After reviewing public water system and private well information for seacoast towns, the Commission decided to take action to address the prevalence of harmful levels of contaminants in private wells and sought funding from the Drinking Water and Groundwater (DWG) Advisory Commission, which oversees the Drinking Water and Groundwater Trust Fund.

The three goals of the Initiative are:

  1. To protect public health by reducing exposure to common contaminants in well water.
  2. To evaluate the effectiveness of the approach with a view to potential implementation statewide.
  3. To promote health-protective best practices by example for private well users statewide.

The Initiative will involve six local workshops, free testing (for 19 natural and human -made contaminants) for interested private well users in the 12 towns, and a wrap-up private well fair. Workshops will be scheduled throughout 2022-2023 and will be posted as dates and locations are identified.; the first one being  for Madbury private well users:

Madbury Town Hall

13 Town Hall Rd. Madbury NH 03823

Thursday, September 22 at 7pm

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Exeter and North Hampton Private Well Workshop

Exeter High School

Wed, January 11 at 6pm

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Stratham Private Well Workshop

Cooperative Middle School

Wed, February 22 at 6pm

For more information about this Initiative, call Amy Hudnor at 603-271-5986 or email welltest@des.nh.gov.