FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE02-40
Contact: Geoff Ryan
Water In Areas Of Bronx And Manhattan
Various areas of the Bronx and Manhattan have recently been experiencing
discolored water in their homes and businesses. These areas are served by
the City's Croton Water Supply System. Water from the Croton System normally
undergoes a seasonal elevation in color, caused by higher water temperature
and growth of algae during the late summer and early fall. During this seasonal
change, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) normally turns off
the Croton system for several months and relies on water from the Catskill
and Delaware Water Supply Systems to meet the City's needs. This year, however,
the City has been in a Stage I Drought Emergency since April 1st and has been
forced to draw more water from the Croton System than usual at this time of
year. And, because of the drought, the City needs to keep the Croton System
in operation until the reservoirs return to a more normal capacity.
DEP has instituted a number of operational changes at the New Croton Reservoir
and within the City's distribution system, which should improve the current
condition. DEP will continue to make distribution changes to ensure that the
optimum quality water available in the Croton Reservoir is delivered to consumers.
DEP Commissioner Christopher O. Ward said, "I want to assure the public
that Croton System water meets all State and federal health-related standards,
and that the discoloration is purely an aesthetic problem."
The City has been ordered by the federal Environmental Protection Agency
to build a filtration plant for Croton System water. When that facility is
built, it will virtually eliminate discoloration and enable the City to utilize
Croton System water throughout the year, which is particularly important during
periods of drought.