FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE05-28
Charles G. Sturcken
Aqueduct Resumes Water Distribution to Parts of the Bronx
The New York City Department of Environmental Protection announced
that delivery of drinking water from the Croton water supply system
will be partially resumed today after a 9 month shutdown of the
system. In September of 2004, delivery of Croton water through
the New Croton Aqueduct was halted to allow for inspection and
rehabilitation of the Aqueduct.
It is possible that in certain areas of the Bronx, residents
may experience minimal discoloration of their tap water. This is
a temporary condition due to changes in flow direction in parts
of the distribution area. This condition is not a public health
hazard and poses no threat to users.
Although work on the Aqueduct is not complete, and will require
a second shutdown starting in September 2005, the City recognizes
that during the summer season there is a greater need for recreational
use of City water, and the Croton water supply system will supplement
the Catskill and Delaware water supply systems. Up to 80 million
gallons a day flowing through the Aqueduct from the Croton system
will be distributed.
The Croton water supply system is the oldest of the City’s
three systems. It normally supplies up to 10 percent of the City’s
daily water, and in times of drought can provide 30 percent if