Town of Alton

Official Website of Alton, New Hampshire

Water Works

Due to the Extreme Cold Temperatures

Everyone has a role to play when it comes to preparing for winter. Below are tips for protecting your home’s plumbing through the extreme cold winter months.

Outside Plumbing

  • Caulk around pipes where they enter the home.
  • Close all foundation vents and fill vent openings with wood or Styrofoam™ blocks.
  • Wrap outside faucets or hose bibs with insulation if you don’t have a separate outside valve to turn them off. Use molded foam-insulating covers which are available at hardware stores. Newspaper or rags (covered with plastic wrap) are another option.

Inside Plumbing

  • Insulate pipes in unheated areas, such as attics, crawl spaces and basements.
  • When below-freezing weather is forecasted, open cupboard doors in the kitchen and bathrooms. This allows these pipes to get more heat from inside your home. Use electric heaters or heat tape to help keep pipes warm.
  • If you leave home for several days, put your furnace on a low setting. This may not prevent freezing pipes but it can help.
  • Let a slow stream of water run when temperatures dip below freezing.

Most importantly if you experience, loss of water pressure or loss of water, please call your Water Department (603-875-4200) as soon as possible to mitigate the probability of the issue worsening.

  • Reuben Wentworth - Chairman
  • Virgil Macdonald - Vice Chairman
  • Patrick O'Brien - Commissioner
  • Thomas Decowski - Assistant

The Alton Water Works Board of Commissioners holds meetings open to the public at 6:00 pm, on the second and forth Monday of every month at the Alton Town Hall.

Alton Water Works is pleased to report that our drinking water is safe to drink, and meets or exceeds Federal and State Drinking Water standards, as specified by the 1996 Amendments to the Safe Drinking Water Act. To insure safe drinking water, the Water Works conducts monthly bacteria testing as required and a considerable number of other tests are also taken during the year.

Our water is pumped as ground water from two wells. One is located off Route 11 in Alton Bay behind the Levey Park and the second and newest well is at Jones Field.


Penny Williams

Office: (603) 875-4200
Fax: (603) 875-4209

The Alton Water Works was purchased by the town in 1921 for the sum of seventeen thousand five hundred dollars ($17,500.00). At the time water was being pumped from Lake Winnipesaukee. The first well was installed in 1938 on Route 140 next to the Alton Central Fire Station and pumps water at a rate of 160 gallons per minute. At that time the reservoir on Route 28 was built. The second well behind Levey Park was installed in 1968 and pumps at a rate of 300 gallons per minute. In April of 2004 the new well at Jones Field was put on line. This well can produce up to 500 gallons per minute. A lot of the original piping has been replaced but some is still in use in the Alton Bay area. Today the Alton Water Works supplies approximately 700 residential and commercial water services in the Alton, Alton Bay area and also supplies water to and maintains 55 fire hydrants.

Most residential and commercial services are billed by the quarter and nearly all are metered. Some property owners only use the service for the summer and have their services turned off and on upon request for an additional charge. The town seasonal lines are turned on approximately April 15, weather permitting, and turned off approximately October 15. These services are billed flat rate once per season.

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Cross Connection Control Program
2017 Consumer Confidence Report
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