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Water flushing operations to begin September 17th

September 17, 2018

Currently, the Water Division started their twice annual routine hydrant flushing of the City’s 190 miles of water mains to remove sediment buildup on Monday, September 17th. Work will not occur on the evenings of September 24th or September 25th. 

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Portsmouth and the U.S. Air Force move forward with next phase of upgrading Pease Tradeport water treatment

September 14, 2018

The City of Portsmouth and the United States Air Force have recently signed their latest agreement to treat perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) from water supplied by the Smith, Harrison and Haven Wells serving the Pease Tradeport drinking water system. The agreement will provide the City with up to $14.3 million to reimburse the cost of construction of the final treatment system for all three wells, which will include a dual filtration system consisting of resin and granular activated carbon filters. 

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September 2018 Water Supply Status Report

September 5, 2018

While significant rainfall at the end of July into August was beneficial at the time for Portsmouth’s water supply, the current warm and dry conditions increases water supply demands and places further stress to treat quality issues due to added organics within the water.

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Water Division Asks Customers to Limit Water Use

August 28, 2018

While significant rainfall at the end of July into August was beneficial at the time for Portsmouth's water supply, the extreme heat conditions continue to place strain on the City's water system. The ongoing heat increases water supply demands and places further stress to treat quality issues due to added organics within the water. Additionally, the annual precipitation average remains below normal due to the dry spring and the City continues to operate without the support of the Haven Well.

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August 2018 Water Supply Status Report

August 2, 2018

Precipitation events during the last couple weeks of July considerably reduced water demands. As the accompanying information shows, this rainfall also resulted in slightly higher than normal stream flows, reservoir levels and recharge to our water supplies.

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Lead & Copper Corrosion Control Program Update

July 24, 2018

Health impacts due to the consumption of lead or copper via drinking water have been well documented. Lead exposure is known to cause internal organ damage, behavioral disorders, an increased risk of heart disease, and an interference with physical development of infants. Copper has the potential to cause gastrointestinal disturbance from short-term exposure and liver or kidney damage from long-term exposure.