Windham wants to explore municipal water options
“This is something the Economic Development Committee has been seriously looking at for the past year,” Scott added. “We struggle with water quality and quantity issues in town and having municipal water access would definitely help us in the areas of economic development, fire protection and preservation of natural resources.”
Ralph Valentine, a member of the Windham Economic Development Committee, has been sharing the plan proposal with various town boards and committees over the past month or so.
“If we could bring in water from the Merrimack River, we could reduce drawing more ground water,” Valentine told the board this week. “It could, in turn, recharge our ground water and aquifers. Potentially we’d get more.”
Pennichuck Water Works, which is the largest investor-owned water utility company in the Granite State, currently serves 28 communities.
An early 1990s study conducted by the DES had recommended that communities in the southeastern portion of the state could consider meeting future water needs from the Merrimack River.
“Water is a big issue right now,” Valentine said, noting that the communities of Salem, Plaistow and Derry are all experiencing similar conundrums. “As much as we think we can just drill a well and the water just comes out, that’s not the case. As it turns out, most of our larger well systems are due for some major capital improvements.”email@example.com
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