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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE10-38

April 22, 2010

CONTACT:

Michael Saucier (718) 595-6600

Statement of NYC Environmental Protection Commissioner Cas Holloway On DEP Being Named ‘Owner of the Year’ by New York Construction Magazine

"It's an honor for DEP to be recognized as owner of the year by New York Construction Magazine, and a testament to Mayor Bloomberg's commitment to building and maintaining New York City's water infrastructure. This award is a tribute to the hundreds of architects and engineers at DEP who are continuing this agency's great tradition of innovation in design and construction, and particularly the leadership of James Mueller, Kathryn Mallon, and Mike Borsykowsky.  I'd also like to thank the many private sector contractors in design and construction, and the thousands of construction workers who are helping to secure the future of New York City's water supply and distribution networks, and our world-class wastewater treatment facilities.

We are in a period of unprecedented investment in New York City's water infrastructure right now, and DEP's multi-billion dollar capital program will support roughly 5,000 construction jobs in each of the next four years. Ongoing projects like City Water Tunnel Number 3, the Croton Water Filtration Plant in the Bronx, the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant upgrade in Brooklyn, and the Ultraviolet Disinfection Plant in Westchester County are investments that will help to ensure New York City's world-class drinking water for generations to come."

Read the New York Construction Magazine article.

DEP manages the City's water supply, providing more than 1 billion gallons of water each day to more than 9 million residents, including 8 million in New York City, and residents of Ulster, Orange, Putnam and Westchester counties. New York City's water is delivered from a watershed that extends more than 125 miles from the city, and comprises 19 reservoirs, and three controlled lakes. Approximately 7,000 miles of water mains, tunnels and aqueducts bring water to homes and businesses throughout the five boroughs, and 7,400 miles of sewer lines take wastewater to 14 in-city treatment plants. DEP also manages storm water throughout the city, and ensures that the City's facilities comply with the Clean Water Act, and other federal, state and local rules and regulations.

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