Poughkeepsie's water supply will get a multi-million dollar upgrade after the announcement came Wednesday under a joint agreement from both the city and town.

The $4.5 million project will replace the facilities UV disinfection gear that helps clean and purify the areas water supply. The cost will be split between the two municipalities with the city taking on $2.5 million and the town the additional $2 million.

Work is expected to get underway this fall and will take around two years to complete.

According to Randy J. Alstadt, administrator for the Poughkeepsie Treatment Facility, 'Ultraviolet water purification is our primary method for disinfecting pathogens from the water. This is yet another major investment in our facility, to the betterment of our drinking water system. The replacement is necessary because the manufacturer no longer supports the equipment. The new design is projected to save $90,000 annually in electric costs.

The facility is located on the campus of Marist College and is co-owned by the city and town. More than $40 million has been spent on improvements over the last two decades.

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