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Portsmouth Water Div. Releases Annual Drinking Water Quality Reports

June 14, 2019

Each year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires community water systems to deliver a Consumer Confidence Report – also known as an Annual Drinking Water Quality Report – to their customers. These reports, which are mailed out to water customers by July 1st, provide information about their drinking water quality from the previous year of sampling including a summary of detected contaminants, compliance, and educational information.


Parking Fees at Hanover Garage

June 11, 2019

Pursuant to approval of proposed FY20 Parking Fees, the following changes to pricing at Hanover Garage* will take effect July 1st, 2019:

  • Hourly Rates: $1.75
  • Monthly Pass-Resident: $200.00
  • Monthly Pass-Non Resident: $225.00

*There are no changes to the rates at the Foundry Parking Garage for FY20


June 2019 Water Supply Status Report

June 3, 2019

Despite the cool and wet weather pattern we have been experiencing in Southern New Hampshire, this area continues to have below normal precipitation. Precipitation since December 2018 is only 65% of normal. However, the cooler weather has resulted in lower than normal irrigation and water demands in our system.


June is National Homeownership Month!

June 1, 2019

Portsmouth has a valuable resource in our community, HomeTown: First Time Homebuyers Program.

The HomeTown Program provides closing cost and downpayment assistance to eligible Portsmouth households who earn eligible incomes, meet residency requirements and who are first-time homebuyers. The assistance provided through the program includes:


Public tour of the Peirce Island Wastewater Treatment Facility on Thursday, June 13th

May 28, 2019

Guided public tours of the Peirce Island Wastewater Treatment Facility (WWTF) construction site will be conducted on Thursday, June 13, 2019 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. City staff, along with others involved in the construction of the Peirce Island WWTF upgrade project, will be guiding interested parties through the construction site to provide an opportunity to observe the status of the ongoing construction.


May 2019 Portsmouth Water System PFC Sampling Update

May 28, 2019

The City of Portsmouth’s water supply staff continue to monitor all of our public water supply sources for Perfluorinated compounds (PFAS) every six months. The following report details the most recent analysis of the Portsmouth supply sources taken in April 2019.


Memorial Day closures and events

May 27, 2019

City Hall, Public Works, the Senior Activity Center, the Indoor Pool and Portsmouth Public Schools will be closed on Monday, May 27th in recognition of Memorial Day. The Library will be closed over the entire weekend (May 25th – May 27th) and will continue to be closed on Sundays during the summer until after Labor Day weekend.


Free parking shuttle returns on Friday, May 24th

May 24, 2019

The 2019 season of Portsmouth's parking shuttle begins on Friday, May 24th and continues through Labor Day Weekend (Monday, September 2nd). This shuttle allows for easy parking at the Connect Community Church's parking lot off Market Street, and quick transportation to the downtown at the Hanover Street bus stop - all free of charge.


Permeable surface material being fitted to trees in Market Square

May 22, 2019

Public Works crews are currently placing new, permeable surface material around trees in front of the new Tuscan Market as well as the North Church. The permeable surface around this tree is made from recycled materials. The surface is highly porous, allowing approximately 5,800 to 6,300 gallons of water to pass through per hour, per square foot. This greatly reduces water runoff, and allows the trees to uptake more water throughout the year. This material also minimizes compaction in the root zone of the tree, and does not allow trash to pass through.