Making Waves: News from the Division of Water

In this Issue:   

  1. Don't Flush Wipes or other Garbage
  2. Happy Arbor Day- Plant a Tree to Protect Our Waters
  3. US Forest Service Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Funding

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Important Message from NYSDEC

A Reminder to Flush Responsibly
Certain materials flushed down toilets can damage sewer systems, wastewater treatment operations, or private septic systems, even when they are labeled as flushable. Correcting the damage is expensive, so do not flush any of the items listed below, no matter how small. Please throw them in the trash.
• diapers
• baby wipes
• disinfectant wipes
• personal hygiene products
• any paper products other than toilet paper (e.g., paper towels, facial tissues, paper napkins)
Clogged treatment systems are expensive to clean out.
Look for the Zero: Use Only Phosphorus-Free Lawn Fertilizer
DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced the launch of the state’s annual "Look for the Zero" public awareness campaign that encourages homeowners to go phosphorus-free when using lawn fertilizer. DEC is encouraging consumers to review bag labels for phosphorus content when shopping for fertilizer. Fertilizer labels have three numbers. The number in the middle is the percentage of phosphorus in the product.
Regardless of the lawn's location, excess phosphorus can wash off and pollute lakes and streams, harming fish and ruining boating and swimming. More than 100 water bodies in New York State cannot be used or enjoyed due to phosphorus overuse. For more information, visit DEC's Lawn Fertilizer webpage. (

Thank you for your cooperation

2019 - 2020 Draft MS4 Report

Click on the following link below to view the "2019-2020 Draft MS4 Report" (reporting period of March 10, 2019 to March 9, 2020) for public review & comment.

Please email all questions to:


 2019 2020 Draft MS4 Report for Public Comment


The City of Middletown, Water Department

Will be flushing water mains during the day on


March 16, 2020  -  April 3, 2020 *  -  Second & Third Ward

April 6, 2020  - April 24, 2020 *  -  First & Fourth Ward

Weather Permitting

Night flushing may occur in certain locations


Water May be discolored due to flushing.  Local residents affected by the flushing are advised to wait a minimum of 48 hours prior to doing any laundry.

Attention Residents:

The City of Middletown is looking to hire a qualified Deputy Commissioner for the Department of Public Works. Click below for job description and list of qualifications/requirements.

pdf Job Vacancy: Deputy Commissioner DPW (28 KB)

Attention City of Middletown Residents:

Electronic Drop Off Day, for City residents only, will be held on Saturday October 24, 2020 from 8:00am until 3:00pm located at the DPW Recycling Center at 76 Monhagen Avenue.

No more than 5 devices per household. Proof of City of Middletown residency required. If you have any questions, please contact DPW at #845-343-3169.


City of Middletown Residents:

Please remember-

Dumping of any type of medical waste in your regular household garbage or recycling is not permitted

Thank you.

Notice to the City of Middletown


Please be advised that it is required to use a City of Middletown licensed plumber and licensed electrician when working in the City of Middletown.  Some exceptions may apply, per the City of Middletown Plumbing Code A500. 

Lists of the City of Middletown licensed plumbers and electricians are available on this website or you can call DPW for assistance.


Thank you.