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Grant for Removing Lead in Drinking Water for NH K-12 Schools


On February 8, 2018, NH adopted Senate Bill 247 Preventing Childhood Lead Poisoning from Paint and Water. This law requires, among other actions, that all K-12 schools and licensed childcare facilities test lead in drinking water at all locations where water is available for consumption by children. For additional information on the testing requirements please visit the Lead in Drinking Water webpage at: https://www.des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/water/dwgb/lead-drinking-water.htm. Any locations showing 15 ppb (0.015 mg/L) or higher must be remediated. Remediation plans must be submitted and approved by the NH Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) and implemented within 30 days of the notification of test results to parents/guardians or as approved by NHDES.

To support the lead remediation efforts in NH schools, the NH Department of Education (NHDOE) secured a grant totaling $1,600,000 from the NH Drinking Water and Groundwater Trust Fund (DWGTF). This grant program is available to reimburse NH public and non-public schools for 50% of the total lead remediation costs, where needed and as shown through testing. Schools are eligible for this funding for projects approved by NHDES completed any time after February 8, 2018. The minimum grant amount that can be applied for is $250 ($500 total remediation costs). Eligible projects include lead removal and reduction solutions including, but not limited to, the removal/replacement of faucets, fixtures, fountains, solder, piping, plumbing components and/or water treatment at any drinking water location available for consumption by children with lead results at 5 ppb or higher.

How to Apply

Schools apply for this grant as follows:

  1. Schools submit a Drinking Water Lead Removal Plan & Grant Request form to NHDES for review and approval.
  2. Schools indicate and certify in Section C of the form if they wish to apply for grant funds.
  3. NHDES reviews and approves the plan and total estimated project budget.
  4. NHDES notifies the school of the plan approval and forwards to NHDOE.
  5. NHDOE submits a grant agreement to Governor & Council for 50% of total project budget.
  6. Grant funds are available upon approval by Governor and Council and the project is complete.
  7. Once the project is complete, the school submits a Project Completion and Request for Payment form including the retesting results to NHDES.
  8. NHDES reviews and verify completion of work and notify NHODE of the request for payment.
  9. NHDOE will process the payment to the schools within 30 days of notification.

Helpful Links/Forms

Drinking Water Lead Removal Plan & Grant Request form - https://www.des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/water/dwgb/documents/nhdes-w-03-213.docx

Project Completion and Request for Payment form - https://www.des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/water/dwgb/documents/nhdes-w-03-214.doc

Sample Affidavit - https://www.des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/water/dwgb/documents/sample-affidavit.pdf

Letter to schools requiring water testing under new lead bill - July 9, 2018 - https://www.des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/water/dwgb/documents/leadbill-ltr-schools-childcare.pdf

NHDES Lead in Drinking Water Website - https://www.des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/water/dwgb/lead-drinking-water.htm

Questions

If you have questions about your lead removal plan, contact Cindy Klevens at the Department of Environmental Services at Cynthia.Klevens@des.nh.gov or (603) 271-3108 or Amy Rousseau at Amy.Rousseau@des.nh.gov or 603-271-0893.

If you have questions about reimbursement, please contact Amy C. Clark at the Department of Education at Amy.C.Clark@doe.nh.gov or (603) 271–2037.


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