DPW Press Releases


Work Begins July 13 on Downtown Maplewood Ave. Signal Upgrades

July 1, 2020

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.


Celia Thaxter's Appledore Island Garden Moves Temporarily to Prescott Park

June 19, 2020

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.


Maplewood Avenue Paving June 17 & 18

June 17, 2020

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.


DPW Hosts Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day June 6

May 27, 2020

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.


Portsmouth Water Division Releases Annual Drinking Water Quality Reports

May 22, 2020

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.