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A Watershed Moment: Celebrating the Homecoming of the Relief Map of the New York City Water Supply System

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In October 2006, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection and the Queens Museum of Art sent the monumental Relief Map of the New York City Water Supply System to McKay Lodge Fine Arts Conservation Lab in Oberlin, Ohio for restoration. Over the next 18 months conservators and technicians worked on the model full-time, removing over 70 years of accumulated dirt and  re-paintings.

Now, in time for its 70th anniversary, and the 100th anniversary of the inauguration of the Catskill System construction, the map has been restored to its original brilliance and has arrived at its intended home in the New York City Building where it will remain on long-term loan.



A Watershed Moment

The History of the Relief Map
A Watershed Moment: Celebrating the Homecoming of the Relief Map of the New York City Water Supply System.
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Visit the Relief Map
QUEENS MUSEUM OF ART
New York City Building
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Queens, New York 11368-3398
(718) 592-9700

www.queensmuseum.org


New York Water System

New York's Water System
New York City has the largest unfiltered surface water supply in the world. Every day, more than 1 billion gallons of water from this vast system is delivered to eight million New York City residents – an amazing accomplishment. Visit the links below to learn more.
Learn about the watershed
View maps of New York's watershed
The history of New York's water supply

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NYC Department of Environmental Protection
Public Affairs

59-17 Junction Boulevard
19th Floor
Flushing, NY 11373

(718) 595-6600