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Spofford Lake District Septic System Regulations & NH DES Septic System Laws and Rules

The Spofford Lake Association's mission is to protect, enhance and sustain the ecological, environmental and recreational character of Spofford Lake and the surrounding watershed. Given this, the SLA actively supports and encourages efforts to reduce and eliminate actions or substances deemed harmful to the Lake's water quality.

The lake is a jewel of clean and clear water. Shoreline residents enjoy the Lake's ever changing natural beauty and immediate access to its recreational offerings. With these benefits come the responsibility and obligation to act in the interest of the Lake's health.

As we have noted, the Lake is changing.  We cannot treat it the way we did 50 or even 25 years ago. To this end, the town has create a health regulation for septic systems in the Spofford Lake District (https://chesterfield.nh.gov).  The goal of this regulation is to protect the lake by ensuring that septic systems close to the Lake are not in failure, are being maintained properly and, over time, are all DES approved. The regulation  includes, among other items, filing with the Town and meeting ongoing inspection and pumping requirements. Additionally, all Lake District septic systems, upon property sale or transfer, will require DES certification regardless of condition. Particularly for legacy systems, this may be costly.

Attached below is the draft regulation passed by the Chesterfield Board of Selectmen and an abbreviated description of the NH DES laws and administrative rules regarding septic systems. It's important to note that the Lake District regulations build on existing DES regulations

Draft- Wastewater-Disposal-System-Regulation-5. (for the Spofford Lake District).pdf

DES Water Subsurface System Law and Admin Rules.pdf

Spofford Lake Association
PO Box 177
Spofford NH, 03462 USA



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