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New York City's Wastewater Treatment System

Wastewater Treatment Plants

26th Ward WWTP

Plant in operation: 1944
Design Capacity: 85 MGD
Dewatering: 26th Ward
Population Served: 283,428
Receiving Waterbody: Jamaica Bay
Drainage Area: 5,907 Acres, eastern section of Brooklyn, near Jamaica Bay
Plant Staff: 93

Bowery Bay WWTP

Plant in operation: 1939
Design Capacity: 150 MGD
Dewatering: Bowery Bay
Population Served: 848,328
Receiving Waterbody: Upper East River
Drainage Area: 15,203 Acres, northeast section of Queens
Plant Staff: 81

Coney Island WWTP

Plant in operation: 1935
Design Capacity: 110 MGD
Dewatering: 26th Ward
Population Served: 596,326
Receiving Waterbody: Jamaica Bay
Drainage Area: 15,087 Acres, south and central Brooklyn
Plant Staff: 69

Hunts Point WWTP

Plant in operation: 1952
Design Capacity: 200 MGD
Dewatering: Hunts Point
Population Served: 684,569
Receiving Waterbody: Upper East River
Drainage Area: 16,664 Acres, eastern section of the Bronx
Plant Staff: 108

Jamaica WWTP

Plant in operation: 1903 / 1943
Design Capacity: 100 MGD
Dewatering: Jamaica WWTP
Population Served: 728,123
Receiving Waterbody: Jamaica Bay
Drainage Area: 25,313 Acres, southern section of Queens
Plant Staff: 66

Newtown Creek WWTP

Plant in operation: 1967
Design Capacity: 310 MGD
Dewatering: Hunts Point WWTP
Population Served: 1,068,012
Receiving Waterbody: East River
Drainage Area: 15,656 Acres, south and eastern midtown sections of Manhattan, northeast section of Brooklyn and western section of Queens
Plant Staff: 88

North River WWTP

Plant in operation: 1986
Design Capacity: 170 MGD
Dewatering: Wards Island WWTP
Population Served: 588,772
Receiving Waterbody: Hudson River
Drainage Area: 6,030 Acres, west side of Manhattan above Bank Street
Plant Staff: 109
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Oakwood Beach WWTP

Plant in operation: 1956
Design Capacity: 39.9 MGD
Dewatering: Oakwood Beach WWTP
Population Served: 244,918
Receiving Waterbody: Lower New York Bay
Drainage Area: 10,779 Acres, southern section of Staten Island
Plant Staff: 59

Rockaway WWTP

Plant in operation: 1952
Design Capacity: 45 MGD
Dewatering: 26th Ward WWTP
Population Served: 90,474
Receiving Waterbody: Jamaica Bay
Drainage Area: 6,259 Acres, Rockaway Peninsula
Plant Staff: 41

Owls Head WWTP

Plant in operation: 1952
Design Capacity: 120 MGD
Dewatering: 26th Ward / Wards Island WWTPs
Population Served: 758,007
Receiving Waterbody: Upper New York Bay
Drainage Area: 12,947 Acres, western section of Brooklyn
Plant Staff: 68

Wards Island WWTP

Plant in operation: 1937
Design Capacity: 275 MGD
Dewatering: Wards Island WWTP
Population Served: 1,061,558
Receiving Waterbody: Upper East River
Drainage Area: 12,056 Acres, western section of the Bronx and upper east side of Manhattan
Plant Staff: 118

Tallman Island WWTP

Plant in operation: 1939
Design Capacity: 80 MGD
Dewatering: Tallman Island WWTP
Population Served: 410,812
Receiving Waterbody: Upper East River
Drainage Area: 16,860 Acres, northeast section of Queens
Plant Staff: 71

Port Richmond WWTP

Plant in operation: 1953
Design Capacity: 60 MGD
Dewatering: Oakwood Beach WWTP
Population Served: 198,128
Receiving Waterbody: Kill Van Kull
Drainage Area: 9,665 Acres, northern section of Staten Island
Plant Staff: 46

Red Hook WWTP

Plant in operation: 1987
Design Capacity: 60 MGD
Dewatering: Red Hook WWTP
Population Served: 192,050
Receiving Waterbody: Lower East River
Drainage Area: 3,200 Acres, northwest section of Brooklyn and Governor's Island
Plant Staff: 55

Reservoir Levels

Current: 80.3%

Normal: 75.0%