SPOTLIGHT ON: NYC WATER SUPPLY
By Christine Bruzzese
York City's water supply system is a valuable element in the daily
functions of the city and the lives of citizens. The Croton Aqueduct
was the first centralized system for the city. Currently, most water
is supplied through the reservoir system centered in the Catskills and
Delaware County. This article features some resources on the water supply
system that can be found in the City Hall Library.
Water for Gotham: a History by Gerard T. Koeppel chronicles the building
of the Croton Reservoir, which opened in 1842. As the city's population
grew, so did the need for a modern, clean water supply system. This book
discusses the factors involved including political issues, business issues
and health concerns. Planning and building of the reservoir are examined.
Current issues in water supply management are briefly considered.
Liquid Assets: A History of New York City's Water Supply System by Diane Galusha traces the history of the city water supply system.
Beginning with the days of the Dutch settlement, the development of a
modern system is presented. Several chapters are devoted to the Croton
Reservoir and issues of concern. Development of the Catskill Aqueduct,
Ashokan and other systems is discussed. Also included is a short history
of droughts and measures taken to mitigate the problem. Current and future
concerns, including the building of Water Tunnel No. 3 are considered.
The Water Supply of the City of New York was published in 1977 by the
New York City Board of Water Supply. This publication outlines the Board's
work. Water supply systems in operation at the time are described. Future
projects are summarized. The report includes photos and diagrams.
Check the catalogue for reports and publications from agencies such
as the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Bureau of Water
Supply, Gas and Electricity and the Water Board. Historical materials
from the Croton Aqueduct Board can also be found in the collection. Vertical
files may provide clippings on water, water supply and related topics.
For more info on the City Hall Library,
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