News & Press Releases

 


2016

August 31, 2016
HAWC is now on Facebook!

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August 4, 2016
“Officials: Take drought seriously, reduce unnecessary use of water.”

The Department of Environmental Services (DES) has classified all seven counties in the southern part of the state as being in a “severe drought,” and northern counties as “abnormally dry.”  – Click here to view full article from NH1 News.

June 20, 2016
**IMPORTANT NOTICE** TEMPORARY WATERING BAN

ALL OUTDOOR WATERING IS PROHIBITED – IRRIGATION SYSTEMS & LAWN WATERING MUST BE DISCONTINUED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS:

~ Atkinson – *Including Dearborn Ridge (see below)
~ Hampstead & East Hampstead

As of 7/20/16 *DEARBORN RIDGE is currently under a complete water ban – NO OUTDOOR WATERING PERMITTED (this includes lawns, vegetable and flower gardens) until further notice.  

Click here to view a copy of the Atkinson & Hampstead Watering Ban Notification.
Click here to view a copy of the Dearborn Ridge Watering Ban Notification.

 

April 1, 2016
WaterSense & HAWC

HAWC is a proud to announce we have become a partner of WaterSense, an United States Environmental Protection Agency Partnership Program. WaterSense and HAWC share the goal of protecting the future of drinking water and we encourage all of our customers to do the same.  Please visit the WaterSense website for more information.

 

Winter 2016
Be Prepared!

Although we have had a mild winter season so far, Hampstead Area Water Company, Inc. would like to remind our customers to be proactive and prepare for typical New Hampshire winter weather.  By preparing for inclement weather in advance you lessen the risk of frozen pipes & water leaks, which, besides the inconvenience of damages, can cause increased water bills, expensive plumbing fees as well as costly home repairs.

HAWC recommends disconnecting all outdoor watering devices and winterizing spigots as well as irrigation systems.  If you live in a property that has exposed water pipes be sure to check any existing insulation and, if necessary, make repairs or install new insulation to prevent freezing.  It’s also advisable to check indoor water lines to ensure they will remain in an environment that will not allow them to freeze.

Should you have any questions please feel free to contact our office Monday – Friday, 8:00AM – 4:30PM at (603) 362-4299 or customerservice@hampsteadwater.com.


2015

Summer 2015
HAWC Watering Policy (pdf)

Section 7.C of the Hampstead Area Water Company, Inc.’s Tariff states “When necessary to conserve supply or to maintain pressure, the Company may restrict or prohibit the use of hand hoses, lawn sprinklers, and underground irrigation systems.”

Even when water supply is adequate, conservation is simply a wise use of a precious resource. Conservation can contribute to a healthy environment, reduce your water bill, and ensure an adequate water supply for years to come.

To encourage conservation and prevent excessive water use the Hampstead Area Water Company, Inc. has a lawn watering policy that features an odd/even watering schedule, as well as a ban on watering between the hours of 11:00 am and 5:00 pm. Although we are restricting irrigation and lawn sprinkler usage to every other day, hand-held hoses and watering cans will be permitted for use in your vegetable and flower gardens on any day.


2014

September 26, 2014
EPA & HAWC Provide Clean Water to Atkinson Residents

ATKINSON — About two years after a harmful toxin was found in residential wells, the Environmental Protection Agency is in the final steps of providing clean water to residents.

The EPA and contractor Hampstead Area Water Company Inc. are wrapping up connecting 22 homes around Belknap and Emery Drives and Brookside Terrace to a public water supply. Construction crews had to lay about 10,800 feet of water line, which was completed earlier this year, EPA spokesman Dave Deegan said. So far, 19 of 22 homes have been connected and the rest should be next week. The water connections come after a cancer-causing toxin, 1,4 Dioxane, was found in wells throughout Emery Drive and Belknap Street.

The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services had done periodic testing of neighborhood wells in 2002 and treatment systems were installed in many homes, but a new containment was found. Dioxane was discovered in 2011 and in 2012. The DES asked for help from the EPA to provide clean drinking water.


 2013

July 3, 2013
HAWC Rate Change

On July 27, 2012 Hampstead Area Water Co., Inc. filed for a rate increase with the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission (“NHPUC”).

An increase was requested due to capital improvements within the water systems as well as increases in certain operating expenses including costs associated with increased chemical expenses, increase water sampling requirements and regulations, increased labor costs, local & state property taxes and other expenses.

Increases in the water rates are designed to allow the Company to recover its costs and to earn a reasonable return on its investment. After due consideration and review by the NHPUC a rate increase was approved on June 7, 2013; NHPUC Order Number 25,519.

Effective with the July 2013 billing the water charge has been increased from $4.74 to $5.02 per every 100 cubic feet (748 gallons). The monthly base charges remain the same ($10.00 for 5/8″ meter, $20.00 for 3/4″ meter, $30.00 for 1″ meter, $60.00 for 1 1/2″ meter and $100 for 2″ meter). An average residential customer using 7,408 CF of water per year can expect an increase of approximately $20.74 per year (or $1.73 per month).

We at Hampstead Area Water Co., Inc. would like to express our appreciation to you; our customers. We thank you for your support while we continue improving our abilities to better serve you now and into the future. Should you have any questions please feel free to contact our office Monday – Friday, 8:00AM – 4:30PM at (603) 362-4299 or customerservice@hampsteadwater.com.