PFAS Remediation Grant and Loan Fund

Funding for public water systems and wastewater facilities to address PFAS maximum contaminant level violations.

The Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances Remediation Grant and Loan Fund (PFAS RLF), established under RSA 485-H, provides low-interest loans for publicly and privately owned community water systems, non-profit non-transient public water systems, and municipalities to address exceedances of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) standards in drinking water for remediation efforts initiated after September 30, 2019.

An exceedance is a PFAS result greater than one or more of NHDES’ Ambient Groundwater Quality Standards (AGQS):

  • Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) – 12 ng/L
  • Perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) – 15 ng/L
  • Perfluorohexane sulfonic acid (PFHxS) – 18 ng/L
  • Perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA) – 11 ng/L

The primary types of projects funded by the program include installation of treatment, installation of new wells, or interconnections. 

Grant and Loan Process

Loan Approval: Upon receipt of the final application materials, the PFAS RLF Program will develop grant and loan documents for approval by Governor and Council. Once the documents are approved and the environmental review is complete, project construction can begin and funds can be disbursed.  

Disbursements: Funds can be disbursed, no more than monthly, upon receipt of a disbursement request, provided all required documentation is received. Non-construction project related costs (i.e. design preparation and bid solicitation) may be eligible for reimbursement once the grant and/or loan agreement are in place. During construction, interest will be calculated at 1% on funds disbursed for loans. Construction interest may be paid at first repayment or it may be capitalized over the life of the loan (as long as adequate loan funds are available). 

Design and Construction: Drinking Water State Revolving Fund projects require the preparation, submittal and approval of engineering design plans and competitive bid process. After bids are solicited and a contractor is selected (lowest responsible bidder), NHDES issues an Authorization to Award and project construction may commence. Bid specification (front end) templates can be found at the link above. 

Project Signs: Guidance on the signage requirements can be found at the link above.

Project Certification: NHDES requires various certifications to document project completion such as Asset Management Plans, Substantial Completion and Final Completion certifications.  

The PFAS RLF Program accepts eligibility requests year round. Each eligibility request is reviewed in the order in which the requests were submitted.

  • Submit an Eligibility Request
    In order to be considered for funding, an eligibility request is required. PFAS RLF staff are available to discuss your project(s) or any other questions you may have.
  • Final Application  
    Eligible applicants selected for funding are required to submit a final application by the agreed-to deadline for filing.