Catskill Aqueduct Rehabilitation : Catskill And Delaware Watersheds
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Catskill Aqueduct Rehabilitation
Since New York City’s daily water consumption relies solely on the Catskill and Delaware watersheds, the Catskill Aqueduct would become the main lifeline to New York once the Delaware aqueduct is shut down. In anticipation of this, the Catskill aqueduct will undergo a repair and rehabilitation project starting in 2016. Along with replacing more than 30 valves that are decades old, the interior lining of the tunnel will be cleaned to reduce friction, increasing the tunnel’s capacity by approximately 30-40 million gallons of water each day. Although sections of the aqueduct are expected to be shut down for six to eight weeks at a time, there would be minimal service disruption due to existing backup supplies for communities who would be otherwise affected (“Water for the Future | Catskill Aqueduct Repair & Rehabilitation”).
To supplement the City’s upstate water supplies, the DEP will also rehabilitate the Queens Groundwater System, a system of 68 wells and aquifers in southeastern Queens. The groundwater system is expected to provide more than 33 million gallons of water a day to 100,000 residents in the locality. The DEP plans to install water treatment systems for the system to ensure that the wells produce high-quality water that meets or exceeds all water quality standards (“Water for the Future | Queens Groundwater Rehabilitation”).
Water Conservation Initiatives
Between now and the Delaware Aqueduct shutdown in