July 1, 2020
Portsmouth Water Supply Status Report
MODERATE DROUGHT DECLARED
Starting the week of July 13, Electric Light Company of York, Maine will begin the upgrade to the traffic signals at three intersections along Maplewood Avenue at Deer Street, Hanover Street and Congress Street. During the work, there will be daily closures of one of the sidewalk corners at each of the intersections. Detour signing will be provided to direct pedestrians to the open crosswalks at each intersection. Pedestrian signals will remain operational during the work.
Visitors to poet Celia Thaxter at her hotel on Appledore Island at the Isles of Shoals once enjoyed the vibrant conversation of their fellow guests at her literary “salons;” but they were equally entranced by her gardens. Childe Hassam, America’s Impressionist made her garden famous in his paintings and Celia Thaxter published a book with collected poems and watercolor illustrations of her gardens.
The Department of Public Works announces that the Contractor intends to complete the final paving of Maplewood Avenue, from the intersection with Woodbury Avenue, to Edmond Avenue on June 17 & 18. Work will proceed, weather permitting.
The Portsmouth Department of Public Works will hold its biannual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day on Saturday, June 6, 2020, at the Public Works facility at 680 Peverly Hill Road. Residents of Portsmouth, Greenland and Newington are encouraged to bring household chemicals for safe disposal between 8 am and 12 noon. Proof of residency is required.
As the City of Portsmouth implements physical-distancing protocols at City Hall when it reopens to the public on June 1, the Parking Division is pleased to announce that to avoid congestion at City Hall, the Parking Clerk Services will move to the Foundry Place Garage.
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.
The Water Division has begun the twice-annual, routine flushing of the City’s fire hydrants and 190 miles of water mains to remove sediment buildup. The work is ongoing for the next six to eight weeks, Monday through Thursday, between 7 and 11 pm.
Following the suggestion of the City Council, City Manager Karen Conard has directed the creation of a program to provide free parking on City streets to Portsmouth residents who are healthcare workers or First Responders.