New Hampshire - Water Quality: Program Requirement

Area: 
Program Requirement
Policy Type: 
statute; regulation
Summary: 

State law encourages districts to address water quality in schools.

New Hampshire Revised Statute 485:45 Testing of Water Supplies.

The state laboratory shall make periodic inspections and analyses of the public water supplies of the state and any special investigations of such water supplies that may be called for; also, when requested or as may be deemed by them necessary or expedient in the interests of the public health, make inspections or analyses of sources furnishing water to institutions, schools, hotels, camps, other places of public resort and individuals, and advise in connection with the same.


New Hampshire Administrative Rules Ed 306.07 School Facilities.

The local school board shall:
(a) Require that the facilities for each school provide the following:

  • (1) Consistent with RSA 189:24, a clean, healthy, and safe learning environment for all areas of the school building, grounds, and school-related activities;
  • (2) Lighting in compliance with the state building code as provided in RSA 155-A;
  • (3) Exhaust and outdoor air ventilation, proper temperature and humidity conditions in compliance with the state building code as provided in RSA 155-A; and
  • (4) Policy and procedures to comply with RSA 200:48 to minimize pollution caused by idling motor vehicles and an annual evaluation of potential causes of poor indoor air quality utilizing a checklist provided by the department; and
    (b) With regard to school facilities:
  • (1) Customize classrooms and other school-related environments to the needs of different content areas. Any lack of specialized spaces for arts, science, technology education and similar requirements shall be addressed as part of the next construction project at the school that receives school building aid under RSA 198:15-a;
  • (2) Provide for accessibility for students with disabilities;
  • (3) Demonstrate compliance with Saf-C 6000 through completion of a life safety inspection by the local fire department or other authority having jurisdiction as required by RSA 153:14;
  • (4) Document compliance with regulations relating to school building, sanitation, sewage disposal, water supply, and other matter affecting public health through inspection by the local health officer, other authority having jurisdiction, or an individual, if no municipal officer is available who has received a master's degree in public health;
    Source: Office of Legislative Services

New Hampshire Revised Statute 131:3 Testing of Water Supplies.

They shall make periodic inspections and analyses of the public water supplies of the state and any special investigations thereof that may be called for; also, when requested or as may be deemed by them necessary or expedient in the interests of the public health, make inspections or analyses of sources furnishing water to institutions, schools, hotels, camps, other places of public resort and individuals, and advise in connection with the same; and they shall enforce the laws pertaining to water supply and to the sanitation of public waters.

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