DPW Press Releases


Free, reusable bags available for Portsmouth residents at Library and Senior Center

February 11, 2019

The City has made available several hundred reusable bags at the Library and Senior Center that residents can pick up and take home free of charge. The Sustainability and Recycling departments worked in conjunction to research a quality bag for residents that would not only encourage reuse, but also echoed the City’s environmental values; therefore, these bags have been made from 100% recycled plastic materials.  


One-way traffic on Vaughan Street continuing until end of September

February 8, 2019

Beginning on Monday, February 11th, traffic flow on Vaughan Street will change to one way heading in the direction of Raynes Avenue and Maplewood Avenue. This one-way traffic will continue until the end of September due to the construction of the AC Hotel at 299 Vaughan Street adjacent to 3S Artspace. Please reference the below map to view this temporary traffic plan.


Opportunities for winter community participation

February 5, 2019

While crews are consistently on the streets managing winter cleanup operations, the City has over 3,000 catch basins and almost 2,000 hydrants that require regular maintenance. Very quickly leaves, snow, debris, and litter can block catch basins and stop rainwater from properly draining, and quick temperature drops and snowfall can leave a hydra


Portsmouth Water Division offers update on PFAS regulations

January 3, 2019

On December 31, 2018, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) initiated rulemaking to establish Maximum Contaminate Levels (MCLs) and Ambient Groundwater Quality Standards (AGQS) for four per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) - perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS), perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA) and perfluorohexanesulfonic acid (PFHxS) to ensure greater protection of public health related to the consumption of drinking water.


Holiday schedule for City offices

December 24, 2018

As shown below, various Portsmouth departments have different office hours and closures in affect during this holiday season. Those with car registrations and more due at the end of the month should note that City Hall will not be open on New Year’s Eve, December 31st; instead City Hall will have extended hours on Friday, December 28th, remaining open until 4:30 p.m.

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