Thursday, December 11, 2008

A Gathering Storm - New York Wastewater Infrastructure in Crisis - NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation

A Gathering Storm - New York Wastewater Infrastructure in Crisis - NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation

Sewage and wastewater treatment facilities in New York State are deteriorating. Almost all of New York's residents rely on these facilities to treat sewage and wastewater from our homes and businesses before they return it to our waterbodies. However, one-quarter of the 610 facilities in New York are operating beyond their useful life expectancy and many others are using outmoded, inadequate technology, increasing their likelihood of tainting our waters. Moreover, NYSDEC's report on 30-year water quality trends found evidence that New York is retreating from the significant gains achieved when the current system was originally constructed and there is still more to do. Every year, old sewers flooded by stormwater release more than 27 billion gallons of untreated sewage into the New York Harbor alone.

FJR: President-elect Obama's plan to help our infrastructure, isn't just an economic need.

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