New Hampshire - 2012 State Policy Information New Hampshire State Flag 

Below are results for New Hampshire from the 2011/2012 Water Efficiency and Conservation State Scorecard survey.

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Q1. State Agencies Q8. Water Loss Q15. Implementation Requirements
Q2. Toilet Regulations   Q9. Permitting    Q16. State Funding for Conservation
Q3. Showerhead Regulations Q10. Drought Plans Q17. Technical Assistance
Q4. Urinal Regulations Q11. Conservation Plans Q18. Volumetric Billing  
Q5. Clothes Washer Regulations Q12. Authority to Approve Plans Q19. Metered Connections 
Q6. PRSV Regulations Q13. Plan Update Frequency Q20. ET Microclimate Information  
Q7. Building or Plumbing Codes Q14. Planning Framework Additional Information

 

 

 

 

 

 


  1. What state agency or agencies are in charge of drinking water conservation/efficiency?

    NH Department of Environmental Services

    NH Public Utilities Commission

  2. Does the state have a water consumption regulation for toilets that is more stringent than the federal standard?  

    No

  3. Does the state have a water consumption regulation for showerheads that is more stringent than the federal standard? 

    No
     
  4. Does the state have a water consumption regulation for urinals that is more stringent than the federal standard?

    No
      
  5. Does the state have a water consumption regulation for clothes washers that is more stringent than the federal standard? 

    No

  6. Does the state have a water consumption regulation for pre-rinse spray valves that is more stringent than the federal standard?  

    No

  7. Does the state have mandatory building or plumbing codes requiring water efficient products that exceed the federal standard? 

    No
     
  8. Does the state have any regulations or policies for water utilities regarding water loss in the utility distribution system?  

    Yes.

    N.H. CODE ADMIN. R. ANN. Env-Wq 2101.04-.06:

    New community water systems and large existing ones obtaining a new source of water shall: “(g) The water system shall implement a water audit and leak detection program in accordance with “Manual of Water Supply Practices, Water Audits and Leak Detection”... (h) The water system shall repair all leaks identified by the activities required by (g), above, within 60 days of discovery unless a waiver is obtained... (i) The water system shall estimate the volume and percentage of unaccounted-for water once every year using protocols and procedures described in “Manual of Water Supply Practices, Water Audits and Leak Detection”... (j) The water system shall prepare and submit a response plan to the department within 60 days if the percentage of unaccounted for water in the water system … exceeds 15% of the total water introduced to the water system. (k) The response plan prepared pursuant to (j), above, shall identify how the water system intends to reduce the percentage of unaccounted-for water to below 15% within 2 years, except for leaks that have been identified which must be repaired in accordance with (h), above... (m) The water system shall implement the response plan in accordance with the approved schedule upon receiving approval from the department.” 

    N.H. CODE ADMIN. R. ANN. Env-Wq 2101.04-.06 Text

  9. Does the state require conservation activities as part of its water permitting process or water right permit?

    No
     
     
  10. Does the state require preparation of drought emergency plans by water utilities or cities on any prescribed schedule?  

    Yes.

    N.H. CODE ADMIN. R. ANN. Env-Wq 2101.13:

    “(c) The department shall issue approval to operate a new source when… (2)  The information in the report produced in accordance with Env-Wq 2101.10 demonstrates that the water conservation measures required by Env-Wq 2101.01 through Env-Wq 2101.08 are being or will be implemented in accordance with the timeframes specified therein; (d) The department shall deny approval if: (1) The report submitted pursuant to Env-Wq 2101.10 does not show compliance with the requirements of Env-Wq 2101;” N.H. CODE ADMIN. R. ANN. Env-Wq 2101.12
    “(a) The water user shall provide the following information on a form supplied by the department once every 3 years from the date of approval issued in accordance with Env-Wq 2101.12… (3)  An explanation of how compliance with the requirements of Env-Wq 2101.04  through Env-Wq 2101.06 is being achieved. (b) The department shall verify compliance with the requirements of Env-Wq 2101 when conducting sanitary surveys of the water systems.”   

    N.H. CODE ADMIN. R. ANN. Env-Wq 2101.13 Text

  11. Does the state have a mandatory planning requirement for potable water conservation/efficiency separate from drought emergency plans?   

    Requirements only apply to permits and applications for new water withdrawals, additional connections, and replacement sources that result in an increase in withdrawn volumes. 

    N.H. CODE ADMIN. R. ANN. ENVWS 2101.02:

    "Applicability. (a) Pursuant to RSA 485:61, II, these rules shall apply to applicants for permits and applications for water withdrawal . . . including: (1) New sources of groundwater for community water systems; (2) New sources of groundwater for bottled and bulk water operations; (3) New sources of groundwater that exceed 57,600 gallons over any 24-hour period; and (4) New surface water sources of water supply associated with projects that require a water quality certification pursuant to Section 401 of the federal Clean Water Act. (b) Pursuant to RSA 485:61, II, these rules shall apply to consecutive water systems receiving water from wholesale water systems subject to the requirements in (a), above. (c) These rules shall not apply to consecutive water systems described in (b), above, if the consecutive water system is no longer adding additional connections to the water system. (d) These rules shall not apply to new sources of water developed after the effective date of these rules that are replacements for existing sources of water, provided: (1) The replacement source withdraws either less than or the same amount of water the existing source has historically been demonstrated to withdraw; and (2) The existing source being replaced is abandoned in accordance with the requirements of We 100-1000."

    N.H. CODE ADMIN. R. ANN. ENVWS 2101

  12. Does the state have the authority to approve or reject the conservation plans? 

    Yes, but only in conjunction with approving or denying the permit. 

    N.H. CODE ADMIN. R. ANN. ENVWS 2101.10:

    "Application. A water user shall submit a report that demonstrates compliance with Env-Wq 2101.01 through Env-Wq 2101.08 . . . ."

    N.H. CODE ADMIN. R. ANN. ENVWS 2101.12:

    "Approval. (a) The department shall issue or deny approval to operate a new source of water subject to Env-Wq 2101 within 45 days of receipt of the report prepared in accordance with Env-Wq 2101.10. (b) The department shall conduct a site visit within 30 days of receipt of the report prepared in accordance with Env-Wq 2101.10 in order to: (1) Review the report with the water user; and (2) Assess the accuracy of the processes described in the report. (c) The department shall issue approval to operate a new source when: (1) The information in the report produced in accordance with Env-Wq 2101.10 is complete and correct; (2) The information in the report produced in accordance with Env-Wq 2101.10 demonstrates that the water conservation measures required by Env-Wq 2101.01 through Env-Wq 2101.08 are being or will be implemented in accordance with the timeframes specified therein; . . . . (d) The department shall deny approval if: (1) The report submitted pursuant to Env-Wq 2101.10 does not show compliance with the requirements of Env-Wq 2101; . . . .Env-Wq 2101.14 Suspension or Revocation of Approval. (a) Any approval issued by the department shall be issued based on the presumption that the information submitted by the water user is true, complete and not misleading and that the water user is in compliance with the requirements of Env-Wq 2101. (b) If, after the issuance of an approval, the department receives information that indicates that the information upon which the approval was based was not true and complete or was misleading or that the water user is not complying with applicable requirements of Env-Wq 2101, the department shall notify the water user of the date, time and place of a hearing at which the water user shall be given an opportunity to show cause why the approval should not be revoked, which notice and hearing shall be in accordance with RSA 541-A:31."  

    N.H. CODE ADMIN. R. ANN. ENVWS 2101
     
  13. How often does the state require the water utilities to submit a potable water conservation plan (not part of a drought emergency plan)? 

    N/A

  14. If the state has a mandatory planning requirement for potable water conservation separate from drought emergency plans, is there a framework or prescribed methodology?

    Yes.

    The water conservation rules (N.H. CODE ADMIN. R. ANN. ENVWS 2101.04-2101.06) specify the requirements for each size of water supplier, including installing water meters, implementing a water audit and leak detection program, leak repairs, estimate of unaccounted-for water, a leak response plan, a rate structure that promotes water conservation, and water conservation education outreach initiatives.

    N.H. CODE ADMIN. R. ANN. ENVWS 2101  
     
     
  15. Does the state require water utilities to implement conservation measures, beyond just the preparation and submittal of plans? 

    Yes.  The systems required to develop a conservation plan are required to implement the initiatives described in the approved plan. Compliance with implementation is then determined through field inspections and ongoing reports. 

    N.H. CODE ADMIN. R. ANN. ENVWS 2101.10:

    "Application. A water user shall submit a report that demonstrates compliance with Env-Wq 2101.01 through Env-Wq 2101.08 . . . ."

    N.H. CODE ADMIN. R. ANN. ENVWS 2101.12:

    "Approval. (a) The department shall issue or deny approval to operate a new source of water subject to Env-Wq 2101 within 45 days of receipt of the report prepared in accordance with Env-Wq 2101.10. (b) The department shall conduct a site visit within 30 days of receipt of the report prepared in accordance with Env-Wq 2101.10 in order to: (1) Review the report with the water user; and (2) Assess the accuracy of the processes described in the report. (c) The department shall issue approval to operate a new source when: (1) The information in the report produced in accordance with Env-Wq 2101.10 is complete and correct; (2) The information in the report produced in accordance with Env-Wq 2101.10 demonstrates that the water conservation measures required by Env-Wq 2101.01 through Env-Wq 2101.08 are being or will be implemented in accordance with the timeframes specified therein; . . . . (d) The department shall deny approval if: (1) The report submitted pursuant to Env-Wq 2101.10 does not show compliance with the requirements of Env-Wq 2101; . . . .Env-Wq 2101.14 Suspension or Revocation of Approval. (a) Any approval issued by the department shall be issued based on the presumption that the information submitted by the water user is true, complete and not misleading and that the water user is in compliance with the requirements of Env-Wq 2101. (b) If, after the issuance of an approval, the department receives information that indicates that the information upon which the approval was based was not true and complete or was misleading or that the water user is not complying with applicable requirements of Env-Wq 2101, the department shall notify the water user of the date, time and place of a hearing at which the water user shall be given an opportunity to show cause why the approval should not be revoked, which notice and hearing shall be in accordance with RSA 541-A:31."  

    N.H. CODE ADMIN. R. ANN. ENVWS 2101

  16. Does the state offer financial assistance to utilities, cities, or counties for urban water conservation programs such as a revolving loan fund? Grants?  Bonds?  Appropriations?

    Local Source Water Protection Grants
     
  17. Does the state offer technical assistance for urban water conservation programs? 

    Yes.

    NH Department of Environmental Services
     
  18. Does the state require volumetric billing?

    No
     
     
  19. What percentage or number of publicly supplied water connections (residential and nonresidential) are metered in your state?
     
  20. Does the state provide statewide ET microclimate information for urban landscapes?  

    No

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