The Engineering Department is responsible for providing professional engineering services as requested by city administration. Responsibility for the oversight of this department is assigned to Gary E. Beck, Jr., Building Inspector.
Technical services performed include:
- Civil engineering design and analysis
- Preparation of project specifications and contract documents for infrastructure projects
- Construction management
- Site plan review
- Preparation and maintenance of city records and maps.
This office administers:
- Construction permits
- Evaluation and recommendations for architectural/engineering firm selections
- Site plan review functions for City Planning Board.
The department also assists the Department of Public Works in the daily operation of city infrastructure including:
- Water distribution system
- Sanitary sewer and city sewage pumping stations
- Storm sewer system
- Water Pollution Control Plant
Important Information about Lead in Your Drinking Water:
Lead in drinking water does not come from the treatment plant. However, homes built before 1986 may contain lead solder in the pipes. Lead enters the water by corrosion, or wearing away, of lead in the service line and household plumbing.
Under State and Federal law, we are required to have a program in place to minimize lead in drinking water. This program includes corrosion control treatment, source water treatment, and public education, and is currently in progress. In addition, we are working closely with the Poughkeepsie Water Treatment Facility and County officials to address this issue and keep residents informed.
A brochure about this issue is being mailed to all water customers, and copies are available in the Adobe PDF format below and on our Downloads page.
For more information about Poughkeepsie’s water, call 845-729-3945.
Other information about lead in drinking water can be found at:
Report Illicit Discharges Into the City Storm Water System
Hotline: (845) 451-4055 – All callers will remain anonymous
The illicit discharge detection and elimination program is designed to identify and eliminate any discharge into our storm sewers that is not comprised entirely of storm water. These discharges can contain high levels of toxic materials and pollutants including heavy metals, oil and grease, solvents, nutrients, pathogens, and raw sewage; they can have a great impact on water quality and ecosystem health in our surrounding water bodies. Illicit discharges enter the system through either direct connection via piping or indirect connections such as infiltration from failed sanitary systems or spills on roads that are collected by catch basins. People dumping waste oil, antifreeze, paint or other chemicals into a catch basin or stream are also major sources of illicit discharges.
Please call the above Hotline to report any suspicious activities.
City Engineering field personnel conduct routine testing of our stormwater system to detect and pinpoint the sources of illicit discharges and they depend on the public to report any possible sources of pollution to the City’s storm system and waters. If you know of an illicit discharge into the County’s storm water system, please call us at our IDDE Hotline.