Welcome To Emerald Lake Village District!

Main Office: 147 West Main Street - Suite 103, Hillsborough, NH 03244
Mailing Address: PO Box 1753, Hillsborough, NH 03244
Telephone: 603-464-3128 Fax: 603-464-4132
info@elvdnh.com

Emerald Lake Village District (“ELVD”) within the Town of Hillsborough was established in 1979 for the community surrounding Emerald Lake, also known as Gould Pond. Originally a subdivision of seasonal homes, it has developed into primary homes for the majority of its residents. ELVD through a Board of Commissioners manages the well based water system, the beaches and recreational areas, and approximately fourteen miles of roads.

ELVD is also a community of people who enjoy the unique advantage of their own lake and beaches, as well as the proximity of Fox Forest, Pat’s Peak for skiing, and access to the shopping and dining available in Hillsborough, while located close to Concord in the southwest part of New Hampshire.

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ELVD Meetings Schedule

Notice of Emerald Lake Village District Workshop & Special Meetings

Date: Thursday, October 7, 2021
Time: 6:30pm
Place: ELVD Office
Agenda: TBD
By: Emerald Lake Village District Commissioners

Date: Thursday, November 4, 2021
Time: 6:30pm
Place: ELVD Office
Agenda: TBD
By: Emerald Lake Village District Commissioners

Date: Thursday, December 2, 2021
Time: 6:30pm
Place: ELVD Office
Agenda: TBD
By: Emerald Lake Village District Commissioners

Date: Thursday,January 6, 2021
Time: 6:30pm
Place: ELVD Office
Agenda: TBD
By: Emerald Lake Village District Commissioners

**Dates and locations subject to change based in District and Business needs.

**Agenda outlines to be posted prior to each individual meeting, Agendas are subject to change up to and including during the meetings as the BOC deems necessary to conduct district business.

Notice of Emerald Lake Village District Monthly Commissioners' Meetings

Date: Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Time: 6:30pm
Place: ELVD Office
Agenda: TBD
By: Emerald Lake Village District Commissioners

Date: Thursday,October 21, 2021
Time: 6:30pm
Place: ELVD Office
Agenda: TBD
By: Emerald Lake Village District Commissioners

Date: Thursday, November 18, 2021
Time: 6:30pm
Place: ELVD Office
Agenda: TBD
By: Emerald Lake Village District Commissioners

Date: Thursday, December 16, 2021
Time: 6:30pm
Place: ELVD Office
Agenda: TBD
By: Emerald Lake Village District Commissioners

**Dates and locations subject to change based on District and Business needs.

**Agenda outlines to be posted prior to each individual meeting, Agendas are subject to change up to and including during the meetings as the BOC deems necessary to conduct district business.


Porta Potties

Posted 9/14/21


Dear Residents,

As this summer comes to an end we have scheduled the Porta Potties to be picked up from ELVD Beaches on 9/21/21.

Thank you to all residents who helped keep our beaches clean this year!

Thank you, Board of Commissioners


***Emergency Water Leak Repair***

Posted 9/13/21

WATER SERVICE ON Old Lantern Road will be shut of f the morning of Tuesday, September 14, 2021, for Leak REPAIRS.

We expect water to be shut off for a short period of time during repair. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Please make any necessary preparations to support your needs.

If you have questions/concerns please contact the board: info@elvdnh.com or call 603-464-3128

*If you need to update email contact information or no longer want to receive emails please email info@elvdnh.com and our records will be updated.

Thank you, Board of Commissioners


Income Survey UPDATE

(To Obtain Grant Money & Loan Forgiveness)

Posted 9/12/21

By now, full-time ELVD residents should have received their Income Survey in the mail. For anyone that has already filled out and returned, Thank You!

We have reached nearly a 20% completion rate!

We need a 75% completion rate to be successful.

We are asking the Income Survey to be mailed by 9/15.

Please continue to return the Income Surveys (which are being mailed to: Martin Mistretta, RCAP Solutions P.O. Box 154 Strafford, NH 03884).

ELVD has the opportunity to obtain significant grant money depending on our Median Household Income (MHI) and our existing water rates. However, since we have not been able to successfully complete an Income Survey (with a 75% return rate), our MHI is unknown and we are therefore ineligible to qualify for any of this grant money or loan forgiveness. We are seeking residents to complete the simple one-page income survey.

If you are a full-time resident and did NOT receive an Income Survey form to fill out please email info@elvdnh.com

Thank you, Board of Commissioners


Water Main Replacement Project

Posted 9/11/21

As part of the 2021 Water Main Replacement project, our engineering company, Wright Pierce has hired a registered New Hampshire Land Surveyor. Residents will see land surveying being completed on the identified roads determined within the project limits and surrounding areas:

Autumn Rd (2,825 ft), Birch Tree Lane (675 ft), Bobolink Lane (925 ft), Deerpoint Dr (1,800 ft), Ellenbrook Rd (2,000 ft), Moccasin Trail (1,770 ft), Old Lantern Rd (1,200 ft), Racoon Alley (1,375 ft), Skyview Lane (900 ft), Turtle Bridge Crossing (875 ft), Winter Rd (3,235 ft).

Topographical and Utility surveys will aid in contract documents in the form of drawings and specifications. Once all necessary project data and field review is completed, the project will go out to bid.

Thank you, Board of Commissioners


Posted 9/8/21


ELVD Updates

Posted 9/8/21

Income Survey (To Obtain Grant Money & Loan Forgiveness)

By now, full-time ELVD residents should have received their Income Survey in the mail. For anyone that has already filled out and returned, Thank You!!.

ELVD has the opportunity to obtain significant grant money depending on our Median Household Income (MHI) and our existing water rates. However, since we have not been able to successfully complete an Income Survey (with a 75% return rate), our MHI is unknown and we are therefore ineligible to qualify for any of this grant money or loan forgiveness. We are seeking residents to complete the simple one-page income survey.

If you are a full-time resident and did NOT receive an Income Survey form to fill out please email info@elvdnh.com

Zone Meter Pit Installation (Water Project)

Installation of Zone Meter Pits has concluded and readings are active and live, linked to the cloud for monitoring. New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services has been notified of this update.

Eastman Well Update at Eastman Park

Completed Actions:

- Sand & Gravel Exploration for Well Site - After extensive research and data, with the help of our engineering company (Wright-Pierce) Eastman Park was the best viable option for a well. An added bonus which saved funds is, we already owned the land.
- Gravel Packed Well drilled at Eastman Beach.
- Preliminary Well Application for Large Community Wells sent to NHDES & approved. 5-Day Pump Test completed and report completed.
- Final Approval submission to NHDES

Continuing Actions:

- Awaiting review from NHDES on Final Approval (up to 45 day review time).
- Pilot Testing by Aquamen Water Solutions (ongoing).
- Treatment Design by Aquamen Water Solutions has begun.

Upcoming Actions:

- Purchase Propane Fired Generator for Eastman Well (depending on Treatment design we have the option and decision to shut off Mary Rowe well, in which we could re-use the current Mary Rowe Generator, eliminating the cost to purchase one).
- Treatment Plan to be submitted to NHDES.
- Determine the Best Piping Route that is also cost effective, potentially aligning with any upcoming projects.

Well Piloting Process

Well Piloting will continue 8/11 on-site by Aquamen. Current water quality concerns at Eastman Well are Iron, Manganese and Organics. The goal of pilot testing is to reduce these contaminants in the water with effective and economical solutions for treatment.

Aquamen has modified their 8.5’X18’ enclosed trailer to set up the pilot system and installed treatment tanks, heat system etc. needed to complete the pilot testing on site (Eastman Beach). The pilot system consists of 5 filter banks for multiple configurations and multiple chemical feed systems for various chemical injections for treatment

Well Piloting Components Include:

- Creating a baseline of the effectiveness of treatment, with multiple samples of water to assess effectiveness and sent to Lab for analysis
- Jar testing with various polymers and coagulants
- Pilot testing various treatment processes with filtration aids identified and multi configurations of filtration media, filter sand and anthracite among them.
- Target for a scaled treatable flow rate of 5 GPM.
- Assessing operational capacities of the various configurations we will run to aid in determining viability of a given process.
- pH adjusted pilot trial ongoing
- Field and lab analysis of the process water of each treatment configuration.

Thank you, The ELVD Board Of Commissioners

Questions or Concerns? Email: info@elvdnh.com


What You Need To Know: Income Survey

*** Important *** Please Read ***
Please be on the lookout for the Income Survey in the mail! (Mailed 8/31/21)

Posted 8/31/21

What is an Income Survey?

The point of this Income Survey is to determine the Median Household Income (MHI) for Emerald Lake Village District.

Why is an Income Survey important?

Since our MHI is unknown, we are ineligible to qualify for certain grant money and loan forgiveness. A successfully completed Income Survey means we will have access to apply for these funds and loan forgiveness which can directly lower district debt.

How long is the Income Survey?

The Income Survey is a one-page sheet consisting of 3 questions total. These questions include: number of people in household (required), Household Annual Income for 2020 (required) and race/ethnicity (optional).

It is completely confidential!

We understand income is sensitive information. Please rest assured that the Income Survey is being handled by an outside company (RCAP Solutions) and will not be seen by the Board of Commissioners.

There is a stamped return envelope inside!

In order to make this as convenient as possible, included in the letter is a stamped return envelope and labled to be returned to RCAP Solutions.

We Need A 75% Completion Rate to be Successful!

We sincerely appreciate your efforts on completing the Income Survey, If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to reach out: info@elvdnh.com

Thank you,
Board of Commissioners


Annual Lake Drawdown Notice

Posted 9/3/21


Attention Residents!

This notice is being shared for all ELVD residents so that preparations can be made for the Annual Lake Drawdown in preparation for the winter months. We will commence lowering the lake level during the week of 9/20/21. During this week the ELVD Beach rafts will be pulled from the lake. The drawdown will be completed during the week of 10/11/21.

Any boat or dock needs should be addressed before or during this period before the lake is at its final winter level.

Thank you, Board of Commissioners


Town of Hillsborough OHRV Usage Public Notice

Posted 7/29/21

Please CLICK HERE to read this important notice on rules and regulations for OHRV


ELVD Water System Asset Management Plan

Posted 7/26/21

On Tuesday, 7/22/21, a resident requested a copy of our Asset Management Plan. Under NH Right to Know Law RSA 91-A, the Board of Commissioners is satisfying the request to make such record available here. This document can also be viewed at our office location by appointment. We hope all residents will take the time to review this important document.

Please CLICK HERE to read this important notice.

Thank you, The ELVD Board Of Commissioners


Notice About Your Drinking Water

Posted 7/26/21

Important information about the ELVD drinking water.

Please CLICK HERE to read this important notice.

Thank you, The ELVD Board Of Commissioners


Water Main Replacement Project - Updated 7/20/21

Posted 7/21/21

Article 02, to replace water mains on streets, passed at the Annual Meeting (4/17/21). To see if the Village District will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $1,260,000 for the purpose of replacing water mains on streets, with $315,000 (25%) to come from a Drinking Water Groundwater Trust Fund grant, and to authorize the issuance of not more than $945,000 of bonds or notes in accordance with the provisions of the Municipal Finance Act (RSA 33); Further to authorize the municipal officials to issue and negotiate such bonds or notes and to determine the rate of interest thereon.

Goals of 2021 Water Main Replacement Project:

- Replace as much water main infrastructure as possible based on engineering and contractor input and funds.

- Gather a plan in place for water main infrastructure/roads not able to be replaced within this project limit, which is favorable for any upcoming grant opportunities.

- Within project limits, replace existing 2” plastic pipe & nylon fittings water main installed in 1966 that show extensive break history with a shallow installation and inadequate bedding with all-new 4” PVC pipe which will reduce leakage, cost for repairs and reduce stress on our wells.

Preliminary Project Timeline of Road Replacement Project:
May 2021

- Gather necessary information for grant & loan applications.

- Reviewed and selected Roads for Environmental Review: Autumn Rd (2,825 ft), Birch Tree Lane (675 ft), Bobolink Lane (925 ft), Deerpoint Dr (1,800 ft), Ellenbrook Rd (2,000 ft), Moccasin Trail (1,770 ft), Old Lantern Rd (1,200 ft), Racoon Alley (1,375 ft), Skyview Lane (900 ft), Turtle Bridge Crossing (875 ft), Winter Rd (3,235 ft)

June 2021

- Submitted New Hampshire Drinking Water & Groundwater Trust Fund (DWGTF)

- Submitted State Revolving Fund (SRF) Loan agreement

July 2021

- Next critical step to complete is survey work

- A quamen to provide assistance with utility mark outs and design reviews

- Surveyor is planned to begin July 20th on selected Roads for Environmental Review in the following order:

  • Birch Tree Land
  • Bobolink Lane
  • Old Lantern Road
  • Racoon Ally
  • Skyview Lane
  • Deerpoint Drive
  • Ellen Brook Road
  • Winter Road
  • Autumn Road
  • Turtle Bridge Crossing
  • Moccasin Trail

August 2021

- Complete permitting and design process

September 2021

- Solicit Bids for construction contract

Fall 2021

- Begin water main replacement construction

Fall 2022

- Complete water main replacement construction

Thank you, Board of Commissioners


Why Are There Pool Water Trucks in Emerald Lake Village District?

Posted 7/1/21

Water is being trucked in to meet basic water demand for residents, to replenish our water tank.

How Much Does Trucking In Water Cost?

In 2020, we spent $152,847.44 in fees to truck in water, with a total of 2,070,000 gallons trucked in.

In 2021, we have spent $15,864.52 in fees to truck in water, with a total of 102,000 gallons trucked in so far.

Will There Be More Water Deliveries?

Yes, we have water deliveries scheduled out each Thursday from here for the summer on standby, to use as needed. Last summer we got to the point of needing 2 deliveries a week. On a typical usage day we see the tank drop roughly ½ a foot. Now, on weekends and high temp days we are seeing a 1-2 foot drop. Summer usage continues to be a challenge.

What Can Residents Do?

It is vital we all abide by the outdoor water ban (find complete water rules and regulations on our website at www.elvdnh.com). We cannot sustain if residents are watering flowers, filling pools, washing their cars or homes etc. Conserve water as much as possible. Rain Barrels are encouraged. In the winter, preventing frozen pipes which can cause them to burst is essential. Please continue to report any leaks when you see them (info@elvdnh.com).

What Is Being Done To Correct This Situation?

Ongoing Leak detection and prompt leak repairs. Replacing water main lines with the road replacement project with a 25% matching grant, a preliminary timeline for this project is on our website. Efforts for completing the Eastman Well continue.

Thank you, Board of Commissioners


NO Parking At Eastman Beach or Along Roadway

Posted 5/28/21

Enforcement Starts 5/28

Violators will be towed at owner’s expense by Mike’s Towing 554-6465

Thank you,
Board of Commissioners


Wasted Water Tips

Posted 5/12/21

Fix running toilets to eliminate hundreds of gallons a day of wasted water.

To test your toilet for a leak:

- place 15 drops of food coloring in the water tank of the toilet and wait 15 minutes to see if the color appears in the toilet bowl.
- If the color appears in the bowl, a common cause is the toilet flapper, which can be replaced with little effort or cost.

Toilets older than 1994 may use anywhere from 3.5 gallons per flush (gpf) to 7 gpf. Replace older toilets with WaterSense certified toilets (1.28 gpf) to save hundreds of gallons a week.

*WaterSense certified showerheads, toilets, and sink aerators have been tested for performance and are guaranteed to use 20% less water than today’s standard products. Look for the WaterSense label on the packaging at your local home improvement retailer or in the product information online. For more information about the products, go to https://www3.epa.gov/watersense/ and click on ‘Products.’

Thank you,
ELVD Board of Commissioners


IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT ELVD DRINKING WATER - PLEASE READ

Posted 3/10/21

2021 ELVD CCR Report


Thank you,
ELVD Board of Commissioners


Aquamen Water Solutions

Posted 6/13/20

New Water System Operators

Use for comments, questions, and to report water leaks.

603-397-7814


Contacting The ELVD

Posted 10/12/19

If any resident has questions, concerns, or ideas related to the District, Please contact the Commissioners using any of the following methods:

  • Attend the Public meetings
  • Email them via: info@elvdnh.com
  • Call the office number and leave a message: 603-464-3128
  • Call a commissioner via contact information listed on the Officials webpage HERE
  • All approaches will receive responses from the Commissioners.

    It is solely the responsibility of the Commissioners and their staff to address matters related to the District as well as its residents. It is their responsibility to voice their concerns in the accepted methods of communication.

    No future efforts/concerns will be addressed unless received through these communication methods. Facebook comments/concerns or through friends/family members will not be responded to.

    Thank you,
    Brett Taber
    ELVD Board of Commisisoner Chairman


    2020 ELVD Asset Management Program Presentation

    Click Here for ELVD 2020 Asset Management Program Presentation


    WATER BAN IN EFFECT

    There is presently a Water Ban in effect for ELVD. NO OUTDOOR WATER USAGE of any type.

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION HERE


    ***UPDATED INFORMATION OF ARSENIC MAXIMUM CONTAMINANT LEVEL (MCL) VIOLATION INITIALLY POSTED HERE ON 2/11/20

    Posted 4/24/2020

    Arsenic Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) Exceedance - Complete Report Here

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR DRINKING WATER - NOTICE OF ARSENIC MAXIMUM CONTAMINANT LEVEL (MCL) VIOLATION

    Posted 2/11/2020

    The EMERALD LAKE VILLAGE DISTRICT water system recently violated a drinking water standard. Although this is not an emergency, as our customers, you have a right to know what happened, what you should do, and what we are doing to correct this situation.

    We are required to monitor your drinking water for specific contaminants on a regular basis. Test results for the sample(s) collected on OCTOBER 11, 2019 showed an arsenic level of Below Determinable Levels. The average level of arsenic over the last year was 0.023 mg/L The reason you are being notified is the average level for the last 12 months has exceeded the allowable level, which is the enforceable maximum contaminant - level (MCL) of 0.010 mg/.L.

    What Does This Mean?

    This is NOT an emergency. If it had been, you would have been notified immediately. However, some people who drink water containing arsenic in excess of the MCL over many years could experience skin damage or problems with their circulatory system and may have an increased risk of getting cancer.

    What should I do?

    It is not necessary to use alternate water; however, if you have specific health concerns, please contact your health care professional. General health related questions may be directed to Dave Gordon of the DES Environmental Health Program at (603) 271-4608.

    Steps We Are Taking: This N.O.V. was issued on 12/16/2019 from the NHDES. During July of 2019, the arsenic treatment media was replaced In the Meeting House Treatment Center. As an added step the Arsenic levels are being tested monthly and have shown to be at a Non detect level each month since the media replacement date. However, in order to remove the N.O.V. status our Quarterly testing annual 12-month average must be below the maximum allowable limit of 10 PPB. Quarterly updates will be provided through the 2020 period until the level is acceptable. The 90 days resolution note below merely refers to the notification effort for this mailing only.

    We anticipate resolving the problem within 90 days. For more information, please contact JOE OR CHARLIE DAMOUR OF WSO+ AT 603-428-3525 or 603-848-3525 or 405 FLANDERS ROAD, PO BOX 68, HENNIKER, NH 03242.

    Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.

    WS ID: 1141020 Date distributed: 1/16/2020

    ~ ELVD BOC


    *** IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT YOUR DRINKING WATER - Fluoride Secondary Maximum Contaminant Level (SMCL) Exceedance

    Posted 2/11/2020

    Public Water System Name: Emerald Lake Village District. PWS ID: 1141020

    We are required to monitor your drinking water for specific contaminants on a regular basis. Results of regular monitoring are an indicator of whether or not your drinking water meets health standards. Your drinking water test result is above the Secondary Maximum Contaminant Level (SMCL) for the following:

    Contaminant and SMCL
    Fluoride 2.0 mg/L

    Detected Level
    3.1

    Date Sampled
    12/9/2019

    Running Annual Average
    3.1

    Compliance Period
    2019

    What Does This Mean?

    This is NOT an emergency. If it had been, you would have been notified immediately. This is an alert about your drinking water and a cosmetic dental problem that might affect children under 9 years of age. At low levels, fluoride can help prevent cavities, but children drinking water containing more than 2.0 milligrams per liter (mg/L) of fluoride may develop cosmetic discoloration of their pennanent teeth (dental fluorosis).

    Dental fluorosls, in its moderate or severe forms, may result in a brown staining and/or pitting of the permanent teeth. This problem occurs only In developing teeth, before they erupt from the gums. Children under nine should be provided with alternative sources of drinking water or water that has been treated to remove the fluoride to avoid the possibility of staining and pitting of their permanent teeth. You may also want to contact your dentist about proper use by young children of fluoride-containing products. Older children and adults may safely drink the water.

    Drinking water containing more than 4.0 mg/L of fluoride (the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's drinking water standard) can increase your risk of developing bone disease. Your drinking water does not contain more than 4.0 mg/L of fluoride, but we are required to notify you when we discover that fluoride levels in your drinking water exceed 2.0 mg/L because of this cosmetic dental problem.

    What should I do? Children under the age of nine (9) should use an alternative source of water that is low in fluoride. In addition, you may want to consult your dentist about whether to avoid dental products containing fluoride. Adults and children over age nine should consult their dentist or doctor and show him/her this notice to determine if an alternate source of water low in fluoride should be used. General health related questions may be directed to the EPA Safe Drinking \¥ater Hotline at 1-800-426-4791. Some home water treatment units are also available to remove fluoride from drinking water. To leom more about ovoi/able home water treatment units, you ma call NSF International at 1-877-8-NSF-HELP

    Steps being taken to correct the situation:The District Is working with its Water System Operator company, NHDES, and the Company that developed our water treatment plant so that we can better track the performance of the system, understand the operational requirements better, and to obtain adequate system media to support a reduction of Fluoride levels within the water being processed through the Treatment center. We remain operational within the Secondary Fluoride level.

    We are continuing to monitor fluoride levels. We will inform you If levels exceed 4.0 mg/L.

    Please share this information with all the other people who have children that drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example; people In apartments, nursing homes, schools and businesses}. You can do this by posting this notice In a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.

    ~ ELVD BOC


    Also Important

    Emerald Lake Beaches and Parks are Private and for the use of District Residents Only
    ELVD Beaches and Parks are currently operating on Summer hours, Sunrise to Sunset. The Gate at Eastman Park and barricades at Emerald Beach are shut at Sunset each evening. All beaches are closed at sunset and all after hours activity should be reported to the Hillsborough Police.

    Dogs at ELVD Beaches
    ELVD Beach Rules and Regulations were updated to restrict dogs access (not permitted) to the following beaches; Eastman Beach, Emerald Beach, Hummingbird Beach. Owners are permitted to take their Dogs to the Meeting House Beach (Gould Pond Rd.) and to Burnham Park (Red Fox Crossing) for swimming /exercise. At all times and all locations, dogs must be in full control of a responsible person who shall ensure that any litter or waste caused by the dog is cleaned up immediately.

    Seasonal Water Shutoffs
    BOC reminds all seasonal residents that we offer FREE water shut off starting October 15th through April 15th. Turn on in the spring is also free. Property owners will still be billed for non-seasonal shutoff or turn-on service.

    Leak Reporting/Water Issues
    All leaks should be reported to an ELVD Commissioner HERE and also by contacting Aquamen at 603-397-7814.

    Water Shut-off and Turn-on
    To request your water service be shut-off or turned on, please contact Aquamen at 603-397-7814. 48 hours notice required unless it is an emergency. Homeowner must be present when water is turned on. $50/fee per shut-off and/or turn on will be invoiced by Emerald Lake Village District. Turn-on and shut-off service is not available on weekends, holidays, or same day, except in an emergency. If your shut-off or turn-on is seasonal (off for winter/on in the spring) there is no charge, but it must be scheduled between October and May. Self-service is considered tampering and punishable by a fine.

    Please leave a message at the ELVD office (603-464-3128) so we may record the information.