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NYC Hazards: Utility Disruption


New York City residents rely on utilities for many daily activities, from showers, to powering computer systems, and even operating life supporting systems.

Every year, the Department of Environmental Protection reports approximately 600 water main breaks, most of which are minor. Power outages often occur during the summer months, when customer demand reaches its peak. Water contamination, drought, gas leaks, and telephone service disruptions are other utility-related hazards the City may face.

While utility disruptions can be dangerous, their effects can be averted or diminished when proper precautions are taken.