Testing & Treatment
SAFE, CLEAN & GOOD FOR YOU
Although all drinking water supplies are vulnerable to contamination from natural sources and human activities, municipal public water systems such as ours are heavily regulated and frequently monitored to ensure that water quality is safe and clean. Private water systems, bottled waters and vending machine water sources may provide drinkable water, but they may not receive the same level of government scrutiny.
Hooksett Village Water Precinct is committed to providing excellent water quality. We test for many possible contaminants throughout each year as required by the Safe Drinking Water Act and NHDES. There have been no health-based or monitoring/reporting violations for our system in at least the last ten years, according to the USEPA. Sampling results are summarized annually for the public in Consumer Confidence Reports. We regularly safeguard the quality of the water in our system via rigorous enforcement of sanitary standards, routine flushing of fire hydrants, frequent testing of backflow prevention devices, and vigilant leak detection and repairs. We have been honored by the New England Water Works Association based, in part, on our operations to protect the safety of our water supplies and public health of our customers.
"The value of our water cannot be overestimated. The United States is fortunate to enjoy sophisticated public systems that provide clean, reliable water - a resource critical to our health and quality of life. The United States possesses some of the world's most extensive water treatment and distribution networks. The result of sizable past investments, these systems stand as assets of considerable value and are considered to be one of the greatest public health achievements in the nation's history." The National Academies
In addition to the above activities, Hooksett Village Water Precinct treats water entering its distribution system (i.e. water mains) to further ensure the best water quality. Trace amounts of sodium hypochlorite are added for preventive disinfection purposes. Minimal levels of high purity sodium carbonate (soda ash) and blended food-grade phosphates are also added to reduce the natural corrosiveness of the water and prevent rusty discoloration and/or staining. Each of these additives is carefully monitored and optimized on a continuous basis to maintain consistent water quality.
NHDES Drinking Water Quality Standards
USEPA National Primary Drinking Water Regulations
USEPA Safe Drinking Water Information System
NDWC Disinfection Fact Sheet
NDWC Corrosion Control Fact Sheet
NDWC Iron and Manganese Removal Fact Sheet
Color, Taste, and Odor: What You Should Know
Bottled Water FAQs (under construction)
The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) requires that utilities issue an annual water quality report to customers in addition to other notices that may be required by law. This report details where our water comes from and contains a summary of recent water quality testing results, including a list of any SDWA violations if applicable.
"The U. S. has one of the safest water supplies in the world. Drinking water [quality] varies from place to place, depending on the condition of the source water from which it is drawn and the treatment it receives, but [public water systems] must meet U.S. EPA regulations." U.S. Center for Disease Control & Prevention
Annual water quality reports (also called Consumer Confidence Reports, or CCRs) can be viewed and printed by clicking on the year of interest below. Alternatively, you may request a copy of a report from Hooksett Village Water Precinct by phone, fax, mail or email.