WATER MANAGEMENT AND PROTECTION
WATER POLLUTION AND WASTE DISPOSAL
I. "Developed waterfront" property means any parcel of land upon which stands a structure suitable for either seasonal or year-round human occupancy, where such parcel of land is contiguous to or within 200 feet of the reference line, as defined in RSA 483-B:4, XVII, of:
(a) A fresh water body, as defined in RSA 483-B:4, XVI(a);
(b) Coastal waters, as defined in RSA 483-B:4, XVI(b); or
(c) A river, as defined in RSA 483-B:4, XVI(c).
I-a. "Certificate" means a certificate of competency issued by the department stating that the operator has met the particular requirements established by the department for certification at each level of operation.
I-b. "Certification committee" means those persons designated by the commissioner, and those persons elected by the New Hampshire Water Pollution Control Association to serve as the review committee for certification of wastewater treatment plant operators.
I-c. "Commissioner" means the commissioner of the department of environmental services.
II. "Development plan" means the final map, drawing, plat or chart on which the subdivider presents his plan of subdivision to the department of environmental services for approval of planned or proposed sewage or waste disposal systems.
III. "Department" means the department of environmental services.
III-a. "Encroachment waiver" means any waiver of the rules adopted in accordance with this chapter which, if granted, would affect the ability of an owner of abutting property to fully utilize his property.
IV. "Failure" means the condition produced when a subsurface sewage or waste disposal system does not properly contain or treat sewage or causes the discharge of sewage on the ground surface or directly into surface waters, or the effluent disposal area is located in the seasonal high groundwater table.
V. "Groundwaters" shall mean all areas below the top of the water table, including aquifers, wells and other sources of groundwater.
VI. "Industrial waste" means any liquid, gaseous or solid waste substance resulting from any process of industry, manufacturing trade or business or from development of any natural resources.
VII. "Lot" means a part of a subdivision or a parcel of land which can be used as a building site or intended to be used for building purposes, whether immediate or future.
VII-a. "Operator" means:
(a) The individual who has full responsibility for the daily operation of a wastewater treatment plant or a pollution control facility;
(b) The individual normally responsible for the operations shift; or
(c) Individuals who perform important operating functions.
VIII. "Other wastes" means garbage, municipal refuse, decayed wood, sawdust, shavings, bark, lime, ashes, offal, oil, tar, chemicals and other substances other than sewage or industrial wastes, and any other substance harmful to human, animal, fish or aquatic life.
IX. "Person" means any municipality, governmental subdivision, public or private corporation, individual, partnership, or other entity.
IX-a. "Septage" means material removed from septic tanks, cesspools, holding tanks, or other sewage treatment storage units, excluding sewage sludge from public treatment works and industrial waste and any other sludge.
X. "Sewage" means the water-carried waste products from buildings, public or private, together with such groundwater infiltration and surface water as may be present.
XI. "Sewage disposal system" means any private sewage disposal or treatment system, other than a municipally owned and operated system.
XI-a. "Sludge" means the solid or semisolid material produced by water and wastewater treatment processes, excluding domestic septage; provided, however, sludge which is disposed of at solid waste facilities permitted by the department shall be considered solid waste and regulated under RSA 149-M.
XII. "Subdivider" means the legal owner or his authorized agent of a tract or parcel of land being subdivided.
XIII. "Subdivision" means the division of a tract or parcel of land into 2 or more lots, tracts, or parcels for the purpose, whether immediate or future, of sale, rent, lease, building development, or any other reason; provided, however, that sale or other conveyance which involves merely an exchange of land among 2 or more owners and which does not increase the number of owners, and on which no sewage disposal system is to be constructed shall not be deemed a subdivision for the purposes of this chapter. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, subdivision shall include re-subdivision, and, in the case of a lot, tract or parcel previously rented or leased, the sale, condominium conveyance, or other conveyance thereof; provided however that a re-subdivision of lots in previously approved subdivisions, where lot lines are relocated to conform to necessary changes in the plans because of errors in a survey or new street, access or siting requirements, or errors in building locations, and where the lot sizes are not substantially altered shall not be deemed a subdivision for the purposes of this chapter; and provided further that a re-subdivision in which previously approved lots are grouped together to form larger lots shall not be deemed a subdivision for the purposes of this chapter. The division of a parcel of land held in common and subsequently divided into parts among the several owners shall be deemed a subdivision under this chapter.
XIV. "Surface waters of the state" means perennial and seasonal streams, lakes, ponds, and tidal waters within the jurisdiction of the state, including all streams, lakes, or ponds bordering on the state, marshes, water courses, and other bodies of water, natural or artificial.
XV. "Tract or parcel of land" means an area of land, whether surveyed or not surveyed.
XVI. "Waste" means industrial waste and other wastes.
XVI-a. "Wastewater treatment plant" means the treatment facility or group of treatment devices which treats domestic or combined domestic and industrial wastewater through alteration, alone or in combination, of the physical, chemical, or bacteriological quality of the wastewater and which dewaters and handles sludge removed from the wastewater.
XVII. "Bypass" means the intentional diversion of waste streams from any portion of the wastewater facilities.
XVIII. "Upset" means an exceptional incident in which there is unintentional and temporary noncompliance with permit effluent limitations because of factors beyond the reasonable control of the permittee.
XIX. "Wastewater facilities" means the structures, equipment, and processes required to collect, convey, and treat domestic and industrial wastes, and dispose of the effluent and sludge.
XX. "Bedroom" means a room furnished with a bed and intended primarily for sleeping, unless otherwise specified by local regulations.
XXI. "Innovative/alternative waste treatment" means treatment which differs from standardized and conventional practice, offers an advantage over such practice in a proposed application and satisfies the pollution abatement and treatment requirements for sewerage and sewage or waste treatment systems in such application.
XXII. "Biosolids" means any sludge derived from a sewage wastewater treatment facility that meets the standards for beneficial reuse specified by the department.
XXIII. "Short paper fiber" means any sludge derived from a pulp or papermill wastewater treatment facility that meets the standards for beneficial reuse specified by the department.
XXIV. "7Q10" means the lowest average flow that occurs for 7 consecutive days on an annual basis with a recurrence interval of once in 10 years on average, expressed in terms of volume per time period.
Source. 1989, 339:1. 1990, 197:1-3; 248:1; 252:9, 10. 1993, 57:1; 172:1. 1996, 219:1; 228:74-76, 105, 106, 108. 1998, 102:2, 3. 2000, 76:3; 121:1. 2008, 349:2, 3, eff. Jan. 1, 2009. 2017, 211:1, eff. Sept. 8, 2017.