2005-02-10 / Top Stories

DEP Spokesman Says Recent Blizzard Helped Water Supply

By Eric Goodma

DEP1st Deputy Commissioner David TweedyDEP1st Deputy Commissioner David Tweedy A rainy autumn and the large snow storm three weeks ago provided New York City with an abundant supply of clean and usable water, according to First Deputy Commissioner David Tweedy of the City Department of Environmental Protection. Tweedy was on hand at the Friends United Block Association meeting last Thursday, February 3 at Temple Shaare Emeth to answer questions and provide information on a variety of issues concerning the local environment.

The DEP spokesman pointed out that residents of New York City use approximately 1.1 billion gallons of water every day. He said that most of this water comes from the Delaware and Catskill reservoir systems and that it’s important every citizen conserve as much water as they can so that those reservoirs remain clean and full.

“One of our jobs is to think about the future of our water supply,” said Tweedy. “Although we currently have an adequate supply of clean water, it’s important that we take caution and strive to not waste any of it.”

The deputy commissioner also stated that his people have been hard at work attempting to solve any environmental complaints that Canarsie residents have presented through the city’s 311 telephone helpline.

“There were 67 reports of sewers being backed up in the Community Board 18 area last year and we succeeded in solving every one of those problems,” he said. “Mayor Bloomberg established the 311 system to help the citizens of New York City get the help they deserve and I encourage everyone to use it when they have any type of environmental concern.”

Tweedy concluded by explaining why our water supply remains safe to drink, even though we draw billions of gallons of it every day from local reservoirs.

“We have a little saying at the D.E.P. and it’s that ‘there is power in dilution.’ When you ship billions of gallons of water everyday it becomes very hard for almost any contaminate to pollute the entire supply,” said Tweedy.

Also on hand at the monthly meeting was a representative from State Senator Kevin Parker’s office. He reported that today, February 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club (2245 Bedford Avenue between Snyder Avenue and Erasmus Street) there will be a winter coat giveaway to those in need. The senator’s representative stressed that there are only 100 slightly used coats available and they will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.

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