NH DHHS Releases Latest 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 additional testing and analysis of surface water samples to

determine if radiation related to the nuclear crisis in Japan was present.

The samples were collected from the cities of Berlin, Concord, Keene,

Laconia, Manchester, Nashua and Portsmouth. Results reveal that no

radioiodine and/or any other nuclear power plant related radionuclides were

identified in any of the water samples.

“These results further assure us that are drinking water is safe,” said

DHHS Public Health Director Dr. José Montero. “At this point, we will not

be announcing any further test results if they continue to be below the

limit of detection for our lab equipment. However, we will continue our

increased surveillance and testing until the situation in Japan subsides.”

Staff from the Department of Environmental Services (DES) collected the

water samples and worked with DPHS staff to report the results.

DPHS routinely collects and analyzes hundreds of environmental samples each

year around the 10-mile emergency planning zones of both VY and Seabrook

Station nuclear power plants to monitor air, soil, ground and surface

water, and plants. No radiation levels above what occurs naturally in the

environment have been found.