Fourteen Drugs Found in New York City’s Drinking Water

Fourteen Drugs Found in New York City’s Drinking Water

Water samples taken from three upstate watersheds by New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) revealed 14 different drugs, and unspecified types personal care products in New York City’s drinking water.

The water samples were extracted between March and December of last year and analyzed for 72 compounds, including antibiotics and prescription drugs. DEP officials deny any risk, but Dr. Olga Naidenko, a scientist with a Washington, D.C. watchdog … [more…]

Smart Water Policies to Achieve Urban Water Security

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Traditionally, urban water managers have relied on large-scale, supply-side infrastructural projects to meet increased demands for water. This supply-side approach is under increasing pressure from a variety of mega-trends. To enhance urban water security, water managers are turning toward demand-side management.

By Robert C. Brears

Traditionally, urban water managers, faced with increasing demand for water alongside varying levels of supplies, have relied on large-scale, supply-side infrastructural projects, such … [more…]

New York City’s $1 Billion Leaking Water Infrastructure Repair

photo: diversion tunnel for the Delaware Aqueduct. Inside New York City’s $1 Billion Leaking Water Infrastructure Repair

(Photo: The tunnel boring machine excavating the Delaware Aqueduct Bypass Tunnel. Credit: NYC Water on YouTube)

The world’s longest tunnel needs a $1.2 billion fix. Built during World War II, the Delaware Aqueduct supplies approximately half of New York City’s drinking water and has been leaking 15 million to 35 million gallons daily since the 1990s.

Now construction workers are using a custom-made boring machine to create a 2.5-mile bypass … [more…]

NJ beach bacteria: The Shore can’t dodge NYC’s sewage

NJ beach bacteria: The Shore can't dodge NYC's sewage

The Asbury Park Press analyzed nearly 4,000 water quality tests performed at New Jersey beaches this summer. Here are the five beaches that failed bacteria tests most often. Russ Zimmer

Flare-ups of bacteria connected to human and animal feces have long plagued certain beaches on the Jersey Shore, threatening to sicken swimmers and scare away tourism dollars. State officials believe New Jersey has fixed some trouble spots ahead of the … [more…]

New data shows NYC tap water is chock-full of toxic chemicals

New data shows that NYC’s tap water is chock-full of toxic chemicals

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New York City praises the quality of its tap water as "world-renowned," but a new trove of data tells a bit of a different story.

Earlier this week, nonprofit organization Environmental Working Group released a database detailing the toxic chemicals that are present in drinking water systems across the country. The data, sourced from the Health Department and an assessment by the Environmental Protection … [more…]