HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE AND YOUR DRINKING WATER
What Is Household Hazardous Waste?
Hazardous wastes typically found in homes include: · Gasoline · Antifreeze · Photographic Chemicals · Oil-Based Paints · Drain Cleaners · Pesticides · Furniture Strippers · Oven Cleaners · Disinfectants · Kerosene · Spot Removers · Used Motor Oil · Auto Batteries
Why Should I be Concerned?
When improperly stored and disposed these products can injure you, your family, or your pets; harm the environment; and possibly contaminate drinking water supplies. \
Are Some Places At Greater Risk Than Others?
The Portsmouth area is of particular concern because it has been identified as an area from which groundwater flows to a public drinking water supply. If you have a well on your property, you also need to think about protecting the groundwater that supplies your well.
What Should I Do?
Residents of Portsmouth, Greenland and Newington can bring their household hazardous waste to Portsmouth’s Department of Public Works, 680 Peverly Hill Rd. Portsmouth.
For more information about Household Hazardous Waste Collection (HHW) call DES at 271-2047 or visit our household hazardous waste web site at: http://des.nh.gov/organization/commissioner/p2au/pps/hhwp/index.htm
For more information about the NH Drinking Water Source Protection Program call DES at 271-7061 or visit the web site at: http://des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/water/dwgb/dwspp/index.htm