Engineering

Technical Services

Technical services performed include:

  • Civil engineering design and analysis
  • Preparation of project specifications and contract documents for municipal infrastructure projects
  • Construction management
  • Survey
  • Site plan review
  • Preparation and maintenance of city records and maps

Administered by the Office

This office administers:

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

Daily Operations

The department also assists the Department of Public Works in the daily operation of city infrastructure including:

  • Local bridges
  • Sanitary sewer and city sewage pumping stations
  • Storm sewer system
  • Streets
  • Water distribution 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.

For more information about Poughkeepsie's water, call 845-451-4192.

Report Illicit Discharges Into the City Storm Water System

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 hotline 845-451-4192 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.