December 30, 2017




New York City DEP receives new filtration waiver

NEW YORK – The New York City Department of Environmental Protection has received a 10-year waiver to continue delivering unfiltered drinking water from its Catskill and Delaware water supply systems.

The Filtration Avoidance Determination (FAD) was released by the state Department of Health.

The city will commit an estimated $1 billion over the next decade to comply with the FAD by administering programs that protect the upstate reservoirs and the vast watershed lands that surround them.

The programs in the FAD “are based on decades of scientific research and investment,” said DEP Commissioner Vincent Sapienza. “Since the city has received its first filtration waiver in the early 1990s we have protected open space around our reservoirs, invested in wastewater upgrades, forged partnerships with watershed farmers, and focused considerable attention on the forests, streams and wetlands that comprise the natural infrastructure of our water supply.”

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