PFAS Remediation Loan Fund

The Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances Remediation Loan Fund (PFAS RLF), established under RSA 485-H, provides for up to $50 million in low interest loans for public water systems and wastewater facilities to address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) maximum contaminant level (MCL) violations that may occur as a result of the PFAS standards.

Public Water Systems (Env-Dw 1400):
Systems eligible for this program include all publicly and privately owned community water systems and non-transient non-profit public water systems whose testing of untreated source water shows confirmed exceedance of the state MCLs for PFAS, for remediation efforts begun after September 30, 2019. RSA 485-H:3, I outlines additional eligibility requirements for public water systems.

Wastewater Facilities (Env-Wq 600 – Coming Soon):
Systems eligible for this program include publicly-owned and non-profit wastewater and/or wastewater residual treatment or storage facilities that are required to treat effluent and residuals to achieve PFAS standards prior to discharge or disposal. RSA 485-H:4, I outlines additional eligibility requirements for wastewater systems.

How to apply for a PFAS RLF loan 
The PFAS RLF Program accepts eligibility requests year round. Each eligibility request is reviewed in the order in which the requests were submitted.

  • Submit an Eligibility Request
    In order to be considered for funding, an eligibility request is required. PFAS RLF staff are available to discuss your project(s) or any other questions you may have.
  • Final Application  
    Eligible applicants selected for funding are required to submit a final application by the agreed-to deadline for filing.

Asset Management & Business Plans
Asset Management (AM) is a systematic process of operating, maintaining, upgrading and disposing of assets cost-effectively while maintaining a level of service that is acceptable to the customers. An asset management plan is the key to successfully communicating with management and customers about the system’s needs and to identify the best financial strategy to address those needs. The PFAS RLF Program requires that an asset management maintenance and renewal plan (AMRP) be developed for the funded asset(s). A system-wide AM Plan is not required by the PFAS RLF program although it is strongly encouraged.

At a minimum, the PFAS RLF program AMRP should consist of the following components: (1) Commitment to an Asset Management, Financing and Implementation Strategy and (2) Inventory of Asset(s). Systems that already have an AM Plan/Program in place simply need to provide a justification that their program meets the minimum requirements and proof of the incorporation of the new asset(s) into their existing AM Program. A Business Plan is a documented multifaceted assessment of the present and future managerial and financial capacity for small water systems and includes an inventory of water system assets, including an asset condition assessment that are the basis of ongoing Asset Management (AM) planning.  Learn more about the Asset Management Program.

Disadvantaged Community System Assistance Program 
A disadvantaged community or system is defined as a community public water system or community that serves residents whose median household income (MHI) is less than the statewide MHI based on the most recent census data and/or income survey. If an applicant for PFAS RLF assistance meets the definition of “disadvantaged” and if the resulting project user rate (which is the total of the existing rate in addition to the rate that results from the new project) exceeds the statewide affordability criteria, it may be eligible for subsidy in the form of 10% principal forgiveness. Loans, rates and terms for this program will be the same as those for standard project loans. Disadvantaged systems may be eligible for a 30-year loan term.

MtBE Remediation Bureau
Amy Rousseau
PFAS Response Administrator
Email Address: amy.rousseau@des.nh.gov
Phone: (603) 848-1372