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City to Make Vast Improvements to Liberty Street Parking Lot

The City of Poughkeepsie is planning to transform the Liberty Street Parking Lot into a visually appealing, environmentally friendly space for motorists, bikers and walkers and businesses in the area. The $1.4 million project will vastly improve the pavement and drainage of the public parking lot and reduce the impacts
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City of Poughkeepsie Will Make Upgrades to Dozens of Pedestrian Crossings

The City of Poughkeepsie will make substantial improvements to pedestrian crossings at approximately 30 intersections, including installing signal upgrades and reducing distances at key locations. The actual number of intersection will be determined based on the construction bids and availability of funds. This systemic approach will bolster the city’s strategy
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Notice of Construction – Main Street Water Main – March 27-29

The City of Poughkeepsie Engineering Department is informing property owners and residents located on Main Street between North Cherry Street and North White Street including Rose Street in the City of Poughkeepsie, that the Water Department will continue to exercise and test valves (as noted in prior notice), and now
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  • Civil engineering design and analysis
  • Preparation of project specifications and contract documents for infrastructure projects
  • Construction management
  • Survey
  • Site plan review
  • Preparation and maintenance of city records and maps.


  • Construction permits
  • Evaluation and recommendations for  architectural/engineering firm selections
  • Site plan review functions for City Planning Board.


  • Water distribution system
  • Sanitary sewer and city sewage pumping stations
  • Storm sewer system
  • Water Pollution Control Plant


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 845-451-4192. 

Other information about lead in drinking water can be found at:

New York State Health Department»
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency»
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention»

Report Illicit Discharges Into the City Storm Water System

Hotline: (845) 451-4192 – 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.