Textiles Coated International, Inc. (TCI) notified NHDES in October 2016 that it would being to connect seven properties in Amherst to public water in the fall of 2016. These properties’ wells were impacted with PFOA and are located within close proximity to the existing public water lines and/or will require a short extension of the public water lines. TCI had previously indicated they would fund preparation of a design and bid specification package for construction of a public water line to the remaining residents in Amherst receiving bottled water, based on the detection of some private drinking water wells within that area having concentrations greater than 70 parts per trillion (ppt) of PFOA and PFOS combined.

(This is a timeline of the project from December 2016 to August 2017. For updates on the project past August 2017, please visit the home page or look for the “Amherst” category in the drop-down menu to the right.)

August 18, 2017 – TCI has submitted a waterline extension design to NHDES for approval. Upon approval, the project is expected to be put out to bid this fall. A public meeting will be scheduled in September to discuss the process.

July 20, 2017 –Pennichuck has completed the design plans, which will be submitted to NHDES for approval.

June 15, 2017 – Pennichuck continues the preparation of the design for the water line extension project, with an estimated design completion date in mid-June. Culligan is continuing operation and maintenance visits for point-of-entry water treatment systems installed in December 2016 and January 2017.

May 25, 2017 – Work on the waterline extension design continues. Pennichuck Corporation have inspected 37 of the 72 homes that have scheduled appointments. Forty additional homes still need to schedule appointments. Surveyors are currently working on Douglas, Hickory and Maple Streets.

April 2017 – TCI agrees to fund design efforts for a potential extension of public water service in Amherst. Pennichuck Corp. will complete the design work, which will include 110 properties.

April 21, 2017 – Pennichuck is nearing completion of the design for the water line extension project. Once completed, TCI will review the design and make a decision on moving forward with the project.

February 10, 2017 – The seven initial connections have been completed. Design work for the other connections are expected to be completed in the spring of 2017.

December 16, 2016 – Construction projects continue. Draft preliminary design for waterline extension under way. TCI provided a revised work plan to propose Point-of-Entry (POE) systems in lieu of POU systems. The POE work plan is being updated to reflect NHDES comments, and the final Work Plan will be posted to OneStop when it is approved.

December 2, 2016 – TCI has notified NHDES that approximately 700 feet of water main and new curb stops on Eastern Avenue have been installed, with pressure testing and disinfection on November 29. Eastern Avenue roadway paving is expected to be completed on December 2. The curb stops on Pauls Way will be installed during the week of December 5. Household connections are expected starting December 7th through the week of December 12.