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The New York City Water Story: An Interactive Animation

Part of the Water: H2O = Life exhibition.

Follow the Journey of the millions of gallons of water a day that sustains one of the biggest cities in the world. New York City has some of the cleanest drinking water, but the system is not without its problems. Watch our interactive animation to learn more about where water comes from, and what happens to it after it goes down the drain.


Emily Lloyd, Commissioner, NYC DEP: New York's water and sewer systems protect public health, the quality of our waterways, and the safety of every resident. Each day our gravity-driven water system delivers fresh, clean water to the taps of more than 9 million New York-ers, and our sewer system manages more than 1.3 billion gallons of wastewater, carrying it to 14 plants citywide for treatment. These systems have been a vital part of New York's history, and are essential for the city's continued growth and prosperity. Though we continue to upgrade and repair these systems, we also need your help. We encourage all New Yorkers to protect our waterways by following the pollution prevention bps described in this interactive exhibit and, most importantly, to enjoy New York City tap water, which is some of the best in the world. 

Paul Rush, Deputy Commissioner for the Bureau of Water Supply, NYC DEP: New York City's water supply system is an engineering marvel: a complex, unfiltered, and largely gravity-driven system of reservoirs, aqueducts and dams that delivers clean, quality drinking water to almost half the population of New York State each day. But managing this system can be difficult, particularly as our infrastructure ages and the climate changes. That's why the City is planning for future needs now. Under Mayor Bloomberg's PlaNYC initiative, we are repairing existing infrastructure, building new systems and working to ensure the long-term sustainability of our upstate supply system through infrastructure rehabilitation and collaborative watershed protection.