UNH, Town of Durham Receive Sustainability Award from NHDES

Wednesday, May 31, 2017
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a New Hampshire river during autumn

The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) has recognized the University of New Hampshire and the Town of Durham with its Source Water Sustainability Award. NHDES presented the award during its Drinking Water Source Protection Conference May 18 in Concord.  

The university and town were recognized “for developing a water conservation plan, passing local regulations limiting residential water use during drought and creatively expanding its groundwater storage capacity through the development of an artificial aquifer recharge area.” 

These actions will allow the town and university to pump and store water within the Lamprey River aquifer during high flow periods in order to later “harvest” that water during drier months.