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Aug 2, 2015 5:38 PM

Portsmouth officials seek options to convert seawater into drinking water

The Associated Press

PORTSMOUTH (AP) — A New Hampshire seacoast official says investing in a regional plant to convert seawater into drinking water could provide a limitless supply of clean water to communities from southern Maine to northern Massachusetts.

Portsmouth Assistant Mayor Jim Splaine tells the Portsmouth Herald he wants to see a seacoast coalition formed to investigate the potential of building a desalination plant.

Splaine says the region needs to prepare for future economic and population growth.

He said a regional approach could include communities from Oqunquit, Maine to Newburyport, Massachusetts.

Federal, state and Portsmouth officials are continuing to grapple with the contaminated, city-owned Haven Well at the Pease International Tradeport.

The tradeport is located at the former Pease Air Force Base, which is a Superfund clean-up site.


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