In a very well illustrated recent article, The New York Times explored how New York City's water gets from its source to the tap for 9.5 million people.
Here are some article highlights:
- The Catskill/Delaware watershed provides more than 90% of the water for the city.
- The 92-mile-long Catskill Aqueduct helps with the process of getting water to the city. Gravity helps get the water there.
- Over a billion gallons(!) of water are treated at the world's largest ultraviolet disinfection facility, found in Westchester County in New York, on its way to the city.
- The water hits New York City's main water system, which has 6,800 miles worth of pipes.
Fascinating! Check out the article and the illustrations to get the full picture of the journey New York City's water takes from source to tap.