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

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, July 8, 2021
Time: 6:30pm
Place: ELVD Office
By: Emerald Lake Village District Commissioners

Date: Thursday, August 12, 2021
Time: 6:30pm
Place: ELVD Office
By: Emerald Lake Village District Commissioners

Date: Thursday, September 9, 2021
Time: 6:30pm
Place: ELVD Office
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: Thursday, June 24, 2021
Time: 6:30pm
Place: ELVD Office
By: Emerald Lake Village District Commissioners

Date: Thursday, July 22, 2021
Time: 6:30pm
Place: ELVD office
By: Emerald Lake Village District Commissioners

Date: Thursday, August 26, 2021
Time: 6:30pm
Place: ELVD office
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.

ELVD Pot Luck Get Together - Sat. July 17th 1PM

Posted 6/22/21

Saturday - July 17, 2021, 1:00PM at Meetinghouse Beach (Gould Pond Road)

Bring your favorite dish and non-alcoholic beverages. Let's have a fun time and enjoy getting to know your neighbors. Horseshoes, ladder ball, castle building for the kids, and more. If you have a game you would like to bring to add to the fun, that would be great. Can't wait to try all the delicous dishes, meet everyone, have some laughs, and a good time. There are 2 grills there if anyone wants to grill up a dish to provide. (All paper products and utensils will be provided.)

Hope to see you there! Summertime fun!

Thank you, Board of Commissioners

Lane & Road Closures For Water System Upgrades

Posted 6/15/21

Water System Repairs, Installations and Road Closures

Please use caution and plan accordingly for possible road closures during the the dates of 6/15/21 through 6/25/21. Work will be occurring in the area of Burnham park on Red FoxCrossig commencing on 6/15 to install a water system Zone meter. Possible lane closer or full road closer may be necessary for a period of time to support this installation and provide adequate safety. Please plan for adequate travel time to detour around this area during this week.

During the week of 6/21/21 a road closer will be in place for the area of Turtle Bridge Crossing and Sunrise for the zone meter installation in this area. The road will be closed for most of the week. Please plan for using an alternate route during this time.

This work is being performed as part of the NHDES water system monitoring for ELVD.

Thank you, Board of Commissioners

ELVD Dog Swim Get Together

Posted 6/14/21

Every Wednesday 6:00pm (weather permitting) @ Dog Beach (Meetinghouse Beach, 103 Gould Pond Rd)

Residents and dog owners, bring your best friend out for an evening of fun. Join us for the ELVD Dog Swim get together each Wednesday!Let the dogs swim, bring a toy for them if you want and meet with other residents.

Dogs to be on leash or off-leash under control by voice. Please use our doggie waste station with bags to dispose and trash barrels.

Thank you, Board of Commissioners

Black Bears Are Here - Do's & Dont's

Posted 6/14/21

Jumping off Red Fox Crossing Bridge Is NOT Allowed

Posted 6/7/21

Dear Residents!

Please take note: There is NO Jumping allowed off of Red Fox Crossing Bridge.

Please take a moment to talk to your children about the dangers of jumping or diving into shallow water. To safely dive and jump while swimming in Emerald Lake Village District, use our rafts in which safe water depths are measured out.

Thank you, Board of Commissioners

Road Replacement Project (Update #1)

Posted 6/2/21

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 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 Road 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.
- Roads for Environmental Review: Autumn Rd, Birch Tree Lane, Bobolink Lane, Deerpoint Dr, Ellenbrook Rd, Moccasin Trail, Old Lantern Rd, Racoon Alley, Skyview Lane, Turtle Bridge Crossing, Winter Rd.

June 2021

- Submit New Hampshire Drinking Water & Groundwater Trust Fund (DWGTF)
- Submit State Revolving Fund (SRF) Loan agreement

July 2021

- Start permitting and design process

August 2021

- Complete permitting and design process

September 2021

- Solicit Bids for construction contract

October 2021

- Begin water main replacement construction

June 2022

- Complete water main replacement Construction

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

Free Firewood

Posted 5/27/21

Hello Residents!

Free firewood for the taking at Burnham park, after Red Fox Crossing bridge.

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

Eastman Well Update (Located at Eastman Park)

Posted 4/25/21

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 (Completed 4/1).

Continuing Actions:

- Awaiting review from NHDES on Final Approval (up to 45 day review time).
- Pilot Testing by Aquamen Water Solutions (ongoing). Preliminary lab data has shown promising results through greensand and GAC for good water quality results. This form of treatment should be able to be readily implemented at our current Meetinghouse well building. Water samples are being sent to a lab daily during operations.
- Determining an estimate (through Pilot testing) of the need of frequency at which the GAC will need to be replaced to effectively remove TOC.
- 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.

As a reminder, once Eastman Well is online parking will be prohibited at Eastman Park. The Board of Commissioners is currently looking into alternative options.

Thank you,
Emerald Lake Village District Board of Commissioners


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.


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


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



    Posted 4/24/2020

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


    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

    Date Sampled

    Running Annual Average

    Compliance Period

    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.