DPW Press Releases


Portsmouth Public Works utilizes interns for improved data and project planning

November 2, 2017

The City of Portsmouth’s Department of Public Works employed the services of two University of New Hampshire students who interned in their Geographic Information System (GIS) department this year. Working under the guidance of the City’s GIS Coordinator, Jamie McCarty, Taylor Patterson and Jacob Kostandin used global positioning equipment, cameras and own observations to inspect the City’s water infrastructure and compile data for other City initiatives.


Public Works to host Household Hazardous Waste Day on Saturday, October 28th

October 28, 2017

The Portsmouth Department of Public Works will hold its biannual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day on Saturday, October 28th 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 8:00 a.m. and noon. Proof of residency is required..


Water Department to begin hydrant flushing on Monday, October 16th

October 16, 2017

The Water Department will begin their twice annual routine hydrant flushing of the City’s 190 miles of water mains to remove sediment buildup on Monday, October 16th. This work will occur on both public and private hydrants spanning New Castle, Rye, Greenland, Newington and Portsmouth, lasting about six to eight weeks. Between 8:00 p.m. and midnight, Monday through Thursday, crews will open select fire hydrants, releasing water with enough velocity to carry sediment out of the pipes. While flushing can result in discolorations to tap water, the water remains safe for residents to drink.


Portsmouth Water Division Releases October 2017 Water Supply Status Report

October 10, 2017

Portsmouth’s Water Division issues a monthly Water Supply Status Report to keep customers appraised of the current water supply conditions. This resource provides customers detailed information on any potential water restrictions, demand, precipitation, groundwater levels, river flows and reservoir levels to make customers aware not only of the current conditions but to also bring awareness to their water use.


Public Works Announces Start of Crack Sealing Operations

October 6, 2017

On Wednesday, October 11th, weather permitting, pavement crack sealing operations are scheduled to begin in Portsmouth. The following roads and neighborhoods have been selected for treatment, and will be completed as time and budget allows:

  • Maple Haven Neighborhood
  • Market Street (from Albacore Way to Interstate 95)
  • South Street (from Lafayette Road to Junkins Avenue)
  • Jones Avenue
  • Elwyn Park Neighborhood

*Additional roads may be added if schedule and budget allow.


Portsmouth Water Division Releases September 2017 Water Supply Status Report

September 14, 2017

Every month, the Portsmouth Water Division issues a Water Supply Status Report to customers that provides a detailed assessment of the current water supply conditions. The September report details that while precipitation is still slightly low based on seasonal averages, the groundwater levels, reservoir levels and river flow rates are within typical ranges for this time of year. Therefore, no water use restrictions are being enforced at this time.


Work to start on Walker Bungalow Road and Sudbury Street on Monday, September 18th

September 14, 2017

On Monday, September 18th, work will begin on both Walker Bungalow Road and Sudbury Street.

On Walker Bungalow Road, the City’s contractor, John H. Lyman and Sons, will be constructing a water main replacement in the area just north of Shaw Road where utility crews stopped work last fall. The project proposes to install about 280’ of new water pipe in the area – spanning from 137 to 189 Walker Bungalow – in order to eliminate this final section of old water main.


Portsmouth LED Street Light Project 95 Percent Complete

September 8, 2017

Since April, the Department of Public Works has been working with Eversource and Affinity LED Lighting to assist in converting all of its high pressure sodium (HPS) street lights to Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights. With this citywide implementation, the City will experience further reductions in energy consumption, costs and light pollution, along with improved visibility and safety on the roads.