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Tunnel No. 3: A Huge Success Waiting to Fail













We finally have a reliable system of water distribution in New York City. But don’t forget what our “reliable” system itself relies on.

Water comes to New York City in two steps. Yesterday, the second step of our waters’ journey became much safer, more reliable, and more sustainable. The completion of Water Tunnel No. 3 was a huge success for New York. With the addition of Tunnel No. 3, the DEP can now inspect and repair Tunnel No. 1, reduce leakage, and assure that our city’s water tunnels will last long into the future.

But what about the FIRST STEP in the water journey??? Before the city’s water ever touches the now “reliable” three tunnel system, it must travel over 80 miles from the Catskill Mountains and Delaware River through the Catskill and Delaware Aqueducts. And unfortunately, this part of the journey isn’t reliable.

There are two known leaks in the Delaware Aqueduct that collectively release between 33 and 37 million gallons of water per day (out of the 500 million gallons of daily flow). These leaks not only waste a significant amount of valuable water (enough to provide water for 300,000 people per day), but also cause drinking water contamination and flooding in local homes.

The DEP has known of these leaks since the 1990’s, but very little has been done to repair them. Before anything can happen, inspections must be completed and an alternative bypass tunnel must be built so that water can continue being delivered to the city throughout the repair process.

In 2010 the DEP released a plan for a $1.2 billion, 3 mile bypass tunnel to be built around the leaks. Construction was set to begin in January of this year, but progress has been slow and it will take years before any real repairs can begin. The DEP continues to roll back the start date.

With the Delaware Aqueduct supplying 50-80% of NYC’s water, it is imperative that these repairs are carried out. Because what’s the point of a brand new city tunnel if we can’t get any water to it?

3 thoughts on “Tunnel No. 3: A Huge Success Waiting to Fail

  1. There is another problem for the water before it enters tunnels.

    The DEP has instituted a new plan for the kinds of roads they are
    building around the the Ashokan and perhaps other Reservoirs.

    The new roads, which they say they are building for their low-cost,
    are called ” tar and chip ” roads. These roads are more commonly found in poor, really rural, counties. After a layer of tar is put down, the “chip; is placed ( dumped ) on the road. The “chip” is
    actually asphalt/bitumen which is end use petroleum products.
    The asphalt/bitumen is made up of VOC’s ( volatile organic compounds ), arsenic, lead ,mercury, and ten other toxic ingredients.

    The big problem with these kinds of roads is that the toxic materials don’t stay in the roadbed. Over time it is pushed to the sides of the road, enters the adjoining soil, then flows into the streams and
    rivers. In the case of DEP roads around, and next to, it’s Reservoirs, the toxic materials easily enters Reservoir waters.

    I am aware of all this because I live next to the Ashokan Reservoir,
    next to Route 28A, which is the DEP’s new ” tar and chip ” road.

    I have fully documented these statements. I know it is incredulous
    that the DEP would pollute it’s own waters, but that is what it is doing with this new road program.

    I have found newspaper articles and citizen on-line comments that
    echo the above statements, from other cities and counties where
    these kind of ” tar and chip ‘ roads are built.

    For a relatively small amount of money another road layer can be added that would “seal ” the material in the roadway ,and keep it out of the water ( also providing a smoother driving surface ).
    The technical name for this is a ” surrey seal”. It actually is a more economical road because it can last 6 years, and the ” tar and chip” road only 3 years ( with higher maintenance costs).

    I want to bring this information to officials at the DEP, who are on a level that can make a decision to alter the kind of road they are building on Route 28A, in Ulster County, and probably elsewhere.

    Can anyone reading this blog help me to know who’s attention I should bring this information to ?

    I have a fuller 6 page report detailing the above information , with sources from around the USA.

    I am contacting local environmental groups. New York City folks will end up with these toxins in their drinking water.

    Can anyone help me with ideas, strategy, or contact information ?

    I am just a private citizen who is watching this road construction
    next to my house.

    I am happy to mail my fuller report to anyone who requests it.

    My E mail address is – melsadownick50@gmail.com


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