Getting Water To NYC

Feeding the thirst and keeping the toilets flushed for  9 million people is a HUGE undertaking.  Doing it so well that people bottle your water is a truly incredible engineering achievement.  Yet that is what the water Dept. of NYC has done.

Here’s the NYC DEP website.

http://www.nyc.gov/html/dep/html/home/home.shtml

Here’s the map of NYC water supply.

http://www.nyc.gov/html/dep/html/drinking_water/wsmaps_wide.shtml

The DEP has been conducting a truly massive project to ensure that NYC has clean water far into the future.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_City_Water_Tunnel_No._3

http://www.nyc.gov/html/dep/html/dep_projects/cp_city_water_tunnel3.shtml

http://www.water-technology.net/projects/new-york-tunnel-3/

Of course the huge requirements of NYC’s water supply has always required large construction.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_City_water_supply_system

The need for water has been growing as the city does right from the 19th Century.

http://www.dukelabs.com/ForTeachers/NYC_Water_Supply/NYCWaterSupply.htm

As the needs increased the water needed to be brought from points ever further away.

Starting with Westchester and Duchess Counties:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Croton_Aqueduct
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Croton_aqueduct

Then up into the Catskills.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catskill_Aqueduct

And the Delaware.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delaware_Aqueduct

https://books.google.com/books?id=79oDAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA214&dq=Popular+Science+1933+plane+%22Popular+Mechanics%22&hl=en&ei=RasMTuyGFYifsQLC3sGzCg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=2&ved=0CC0Q6AEwATgK#v=onepage&q&f=true

All built by sandhogs.

The NYC water system is a true monument to getting things done.

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