In November 2023, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a Lead and Copper Rule Improvement requirement that all water suppliers complete an inventory of the material in all water service lines – the pipes that deliver drinking water from the public water mains into abutting properties. The City of Portsmouth Water Division will visually inspect water service lines where they enter residential and commercial buildings to determine the material type.
With forecasts predicting more winter-like weather in the coming days and weeks, the Portsmouth Department of Public Works is urging residents to be mindful of issued parking ban announcements and take proper safety measures.
The City’s Parking & Traffic Safety (PTS) Committee is holding a public information meeting on Wednesday, November 29, 2023, at 6 pm in Council Chambers at City Hall. Just prior to the meeting, at 5:30 pm in Council Chambers, the New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) is offering an informal opportunity for the public to review the I-95 Sound Barrier Project plans. The sound barrier project is expected to start in Spring 2024 and is part of the NHDOT Ten Year Plan.
The City of Portsmouth Department of Public Works is already in the process of preparing for the Winter 2023-24 season and reports some new procedures and tips for ensuring safe winter weather operations for drivers, pedestrians, and City staff.
The City of Portsmouth was notified on September 29, 2023 that it has received $965,333 in Congressionally Directed Spending (CDS) from the Federal Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) Grant Program through the NH Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management for the Peirce Island Road Resiliency Project. The City applied for the grant for a project to provide consistent access to the Pierce Island Wastewater Treatment Facility (WWTF), a critical municipal service.
In a phone call to Mayor Deaglan McEachern on September 25, 2023, US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg extended his congratulations to the City of Portsmouth on being selected for the Fiscal Year 2022 Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) grant program. The City applied for a $460,000 grant to cover the cost of the engineering studies necessary to reconfigure the Bartlett Street underpass and railroad bridge.
On September 5 through 8, 2023 the City of Portsmouth Water Division is conducting routine inspections and interior cleaning activities on five water storage tanks associated with the Portsmouth Water System.