NH DHHS - DPHS Releases Additional Drinking Water Radiation Test Results

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) Radiochemistry Laboratory has completed testing and analysis of additional surface water samples that were collected to determine if radiation related to the nuclear crisis in Japan was present. The samples were collected from the city of Berlin.

The drinking water samples were screened and analyzed for the presence of radioiodine, I-131, and/or other nuclear power plant related radionuclides. The tests results reveal that the water samples did not detect any I-131 activity or any other radionuclide related to a nuclear power plant release above the Minimum Detectable Activity.

“These test results are consistent with earlier analysis of water samples collected in various communities around New Hampshire,” said Public Health Director Dr. José Montero. “With this news, we again want to emphasize to everyone that our drinking water is safe. We will however, continue our increased surveillance and testing while the situation in Japan continues to evolve.”

Staff from the Department of Environmental Services (DES) collected the water samples and worked with DPHS staff to facilitate reporting of the results.