The Drinking Water and Groundwater Trust Fund, established under RSA 485-F, is intended to provide for the protection, preservation, and enhancement of the drinking water and groundwater resources of the state.
In establishing the Fund, the legislature recognized that the widespread and persistent contamination of the State’s drinking water and groundwater caused by contaminants such as methyl tertiary butyl ether (MtBE) and the need to invest in the State’s drinking water infrastructure requires a comprehensive strategy designed to ensure the continued availability of safe drinking water for all New Hampshire citizens.
RSA 485-F requires that existing groundwater resources be preserved and protected and alternative sources of drinking water be made available to the extent practicable. The legislature recognized:
- The connection between groundwater and surface water.
- The magnitude of the problem that must be resolved.
- The number of alternatives that may best provide safe drinking water including but not limited to, on-site treatment and the expansion of drinking water infrastructure.
- The resulting need for flexibility with respect to implementation of the statute (RSA 485-F).
An Advisory Commission was created to implement the provisions of RSA 485-F. The following Advisory Commission mission statement was adopted at their October 5, 2017 meeting:
The mission of the Commission is to provide for the protection, preservation, and enhancement of the drinking water and groundwater resources of New Hampshire. The Drinking Water and Groundwater Advisory Commission will develop a comprehensive strategy designed to ensure the continued availability of safe drinking water for every citizen in New Hampshire. The Commission shall develop and lead the processes for selecting the award of loans and grants, while maximizing the return on investments to achieve these strategic purposes.”