The City of Kingston, NY

    Welcome to the City of Kingston, NY

    Kingston, dating to the arrival of the Dutch in 1652, is a vibrant city with rich history and architecture, was the state's first capital, and a thriving arts community. City Hall is in the heart of the community at 420 Broadway, and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except July & August (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.).  Come tour our historic City, with restaurants that are among the region's finest, and local shopping that promises unique finds.

    Historic Churches

    Kingston is home to many historic churches. The oldest church still standing is the First Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of Kingston which was organized in 1659. Referred to as The Old Dutch Church, it is located in Uptown Kingston. Many of the city's historic churches populate Wurts street (6 in one block) among them Hudson Valley Wedding Chapel is a recently restored church built in 1867 and now a chapel hosting weddings. Another church in the Rondout is located at 72 Spring Street. Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church was founded in 1849. The original church building at the corner of Hunter Street and Ravine Street burned to the ground in the late 1850s. The current church on Spring Street was built in 1874.

    Kingston, NY

    Kingston became New York's first capital in 1777, and was burned by the British on October 13, 1777, after the Battles of Saratoga. In the 19th century, the city became an important transport hub after the discovery of natural cement in the region, and had both railroad and canal connections.

    Kingston, NY

    The town of Rondout, New York, now a part of the city of Kingston, became an important freight hub for the transportation of coal from Honesdale, Pennsylvania to New York City through the Delaware and Hudson Canal. This hub was later used to transport other goods, including bluestone. Kingston shaped and shipped most of the bluestone made to create the sidewalks of New York City.


    Contact Us

    City Hall Address:
    420 Broadway
    Kingston, New York

    (845) 331-0080
    [email protected]



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    Budget:  2024 Budget


    Please remember:  Water is precious - Please do not waste it!!!

    The City of Kingston Water Department was founded on May 27, 1895 by a special act of the New York State Legislature to provide potable water to the residents of the City of Kingston. It is a financially and administratively independent department within the City of Kingston and is governed by the Board of Water Commissioners. The Board is a continuously sitting body and each member is appointed to a five (5) year term by the Mayor. The Mayor is a voting member of the Board.

    The current members of the Board include:

    • Steve Noble, Mayor
    • Dennis Croswell, President              
    • Joanne Seche
    • James Noble
    • Patrick Hickey
    • Nate Horowitz

    Among other responsibilities, the Board sets Department policy and establishes all rules and regulations which it deems essential to the protection of the public interest in the management of the Water Department as defined by the Kingston City Charter. The daily operation is under the direction of Superintendent Matthew Dysard. As a financially independent Department, all revenues received from water rents and other related activities remain within the Department to fund its operation. The sales of water accounts for approximately 93% of the Department's revenue and no revenues are received from Federal, State, or local taxes. The Board establishes all water rates and approves all expenditures and the Department currently operates on an annual budget of $5,773,100.00. Copies of the current rate schedule are available by contacting the Water Department and here on our web page.

    System Overview 
    Source: The Mink Hollow Stream is the principal source of Kingston's Water. With its headwaters in the Catskills, near Tannersville, NY, the water is of excellent quality. This 8.6 square mile watershed is largely undeveloped and sparsely populated and approximately half of the watershed is under the jurisdiction of the Catskill State Park. Significant portions of this watershed are owned and managed by the City of Kingston and, in this way, we are able to exert direct control over the quality of this resource.

    Water from the Mink Hollow Stream is piped into the Cooper Lake Reservoir. Located in Lake Hill, New York, Cooper Lake is Kingston's principal raw water storage reservoir, containing some 1.2 billion gallons of water. From Cooper Lake, water flows to our Edmund T. Cloonan Water Treatment Plant via a system of cast iron transmission mains.

    Treatment: The Edmund T. Cloonan Water Treatment Plant was constructed in 1899 and has a nominal capacity of 8 million gallons per day. Treatment consists of Chlorine disinfection, direct-in-line filtration with alum coagulation, and corrosion control via the addition of lime. Although various improvements have been made to this facility, it runs essentially as it was designed and still provides for the needs of our customers. A series of improvements are currently underway that will ensure the Plant continues to serve our community well into the next century.

    The Laboratory of the Kingston Water Department is located on the second floor of the Plant and is certified by the New York State Health Department for the bacteriological examination of water. Routine monitoring of various physical and chemical parameters also occurs in the lab. For a modest fee, the lab is open to the public for the microbiological examination of water.

    Distribution: Water is piped from the Treatment Plant to the Binnewater Reservoir, our primary storage facility. Located in the Town of Ulster, it contains 12 million gallons of treated water and acts to stabilize pressure gradients on the conduits entering the City. From this Reservoir, three cast iron transmission mains carry water into the City of Kingston. Within the City, there are approximately 100 miles of water mains and nearly 900 hydrants. The system has been evaluated by the Insurance Service Office (ISO) of New York and has received a Class 4 fire insurance rating. There are some 8,500 service connections and the average daily flow is about 3.5 million gallons per day.

    Water Quality: The quality of Kingston's water is excellent. It is a low alkalinity, low hardness product with virtually no color or odor and little turbidity. It has no discernible tastes and odors. Like all public water supplies, it is closely monitored by the New York State Health Department and the Ulster County Health Department and meets all applicable EPA and New York State Health Department Standards. Copies of the water quality analyses are available by contacting the Kingston Water Department.

    Listing files in 'Water Department Documents'


    Contact Information

    Kingston Water Department
    Matthew Dysard, Superintendent

    Emergency Calls 
    Phone: (845) 331-0205

    Mailing Address
    PO Box 1537  
    Kingston, NY 12402 

    Business Office 
    111 Jansen Avenue 
    Kingston, NY 12401
    Phone: (845) 331-0175 (845) 331-0175 
    Fax: (845) 340-9209  (845) 340-9209 

    Maintenance Shop 
     (845) 331-0205 
    111 Jansen Ave 
    Kingston, NY 12401

    Water Treatment Plant and Laboratory 
     (845) 679-2216  (845) 679-2216 
    1442 Sawkill Road 
    Kingston, NY 12401