PFOA/Water Information UPDATE(s)

The Town Council wants to assure the public that we remain vigilant regarding the safety of our residents and are making every effort to keep abreast of the myriad of complex issues related to this problem.  The Town Manager communicates almost daily with the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) seeking information and advocating for our residents.  Please check the Town’s website for a compilation of information and new information as we receive and post it.

http://www.merrimacknh.gov/home/pages/pfoawater-information-updates

As you know, NHDES has prioritized analysis of the private wells within a 1 mile radius of the Saint-Gobain site and undertaken other studies on the site in an attempt to determine the scope of the contamination.  It is our understanding that the radius will move beyond the one mile radius as results indicate.  In the meantime, those who are not within the 1.5 mile radius and wish their wells to be tested should submit their information at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NHDES-S-03-008

The New Hampshire Department of Environment Services (NHDES) website also has a large volume of information from many sources that is intended to address resident concerns.

http://des.nh.gov/organization/commissioner/pfoa.htm

If you would like to receive email updates from NHDES regarding this investigation, please email james.martin@des.nh.gov.

As the information has become available, questions regarding soil, air quality, and any materials substitutions must also be addressed by the NHDES. The Council will push these concerns as well with them.

As you know, the Merrimack Village District (MVD) is a separate entity under state law.  Although we have no legal authority over the Merrimack Village District, we communicate with them frequently, exchange information, and monitor their tests analyses and future plans.  The MVD has been diligently working for resolution of the PFOA chemical in our Town water supply.  They regularly contact and meet with their consultants and NHDES. The MVD has signed a contract with Underwood Engineering to research filtration systems and make recommendations regarding viable options for the District in about 6 weeks.  Information from the MVD is available at:  http://www.mvdwater.org/

The Town is joining with Litchfield, Bedford and Londonderry in a consortium to focus on: monitoring and sharing information, responding to common concerns of our residents, and dealing with NHDES and Saint-Gobain.

On Friday, April 8, 2016, Senator Ayotte met with representatives of the affected communities and the MVD to get a more in-depth look at the PFOA issues.  The following actions by Senator Ayotte were suggested:

1.  Encourage the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to quickly establish lifetime PFOA levels in order to evaluate all water resources for safety.

2.  Encourage the EPA to establish a consistent laboratory standard upon which all testing water can be evaluated.

3.  Encourage the federal and regional EPA to become more visible and active in this investigation.

4.  Further explore and investigate the historical and current air quality monitoring practices of the NHDES.

Department Phone Directory
Department Phone # Fax #
Animal Control (603) 420-1812  
Assessing (603) 424-5136 (603) 424-0461
Building Inspection & Code Enforcement (603) 420-1730 (603) 424-0603
Community Development (603) 424-3531 (603) 424-1408
Equipment Maintenance (603) 423-8552 (603) 429-1936
Finance Department (603) 424-7075 (603) 424-0516
Fire Department (603) 424-3690 (603) 424-0603
Fire Department Station 2 (603) 882-8578  
General Government (603) 424-2331 (603) 424-0461
High School TV Studio (603) 423-8561  
Highway Garage (603) 423-8551 (603) 429-8455
Health (603) 420-1730 (603) 424-0603
Library (603) 424-5021 (603) 424-7312
Parks & Recreation (603) 882-1046 (603) 883-5335
Planning & Zoning (603) 424-3531 (603) 424-1408
Police Department (603) 424-3774 (603) 423-8541 or
(603) 424-1760
Public Works Department (603) 424-5137 (603) 424-1408
Solid Waste (603) 424-2604 (603) 423-8565
Town Clerk/Tax Collector (603) 424-3651 (603) 423-8539
Town Council/Town Manager (603) 424-2331 (603) 424-0461
Wastewater Treatment Plant (603) 883-8196 (603) 886-1513
Welfare (603) 423-8535 (603) 424-0516
Frequently Requested Phone Numbers
Department Phone # Fax #
Adult Community Center (603) 424-6306  
Comcast (800) 266-2278  
District Court (855) 212-1234  
Hillsborough Registry of Deeds (603) 882-6933  
Merrimack Post Office (603) 424-5912  
Merrimack Village District (603) 424-9241  
NH Department of Motor Vehicles (603) 227-4000  
Pennichuck Water Works (603) 424-5191  
Superintendent of Schools (603) 424-6200  

 

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(Motor Vehicle Registrations)
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-Administration and Buildings & Grounds
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Public Works Department
-Equipment Maintenance
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Public Works Department
-Highway Garage
Mon - Fri 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Public Works Department
-Solid Waste
Tues - Sat 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Extended Hours: May - Sep: Thurs 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Public Works Department
-Wastewater Treatment Facility
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Compost: Mon - Sun 7:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Administrative Office: Mon - Fri 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Finance Mon - Fri 8:30 AM - 4:30
Fire Department Administrative Office: Mon - Fri 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Human Resources Mon - Fri 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Media - Merrimack TV Mon - Thurs 8:30 AM  - 9:00 PM
Friday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Parks and Recreation Administrative Office: Mon - Fri 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Police Department Administrative Office: Mon - Fri 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Town Manager Mon - Fri 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Welfare Mon - Fri 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM