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Sewage Treatment Facilities - NYC by S.W.I.M. Coalition

Every day, nine million New Yorkers discharge 1.5 billion gallons of liquid waste into their sewer system. Underground and out of sight their urine, feces, and food scraps combine with litter and pollution from the streets and toxic waste dumped by regulated city businesses. This nasty brew then navigates the 6,000 miles of pipes, 135,000 catch basins, and 93 pumping stations of the wastewater treatment network towards two possible futures: decontamination at one of 14 treatment plants or discharge into New York Harbor via one of 494 combined sewer overflow outfalls    

Tags: sewage CSO stormwater "sewage treatment facilities" WPCP "water pollution"

Sewagesheds - NYC by HabitatMap

Each of the City's 14 sewage treatment facilities services a specific area of the city.  These areas are known as sewagesheds.  By identifying which sewageshed you live in, you can determine where your toilet flushes to.

Tags: sewagesheds sewage "water pollution"

State Superfund Sites - Newtown Creek by Newtown Creek Alliance

The New York State Superfund Program identifies, investigates, and remediates hazardous waste sites. In most cases, the parties responsible for the pollution pay for the cleanup and carry out the required work. However, about a third of the time the State must pay the costs of cleanup using money from the 1986 Environmental Quality Bond Act.

Tags: Superfund NYSDEC contamination remediation mitigation redevelopment

Tier 1 Combined Sewer Overflow Outfalls - NYC by S.W.I.M. Coalition

When sewage loads exceed the capacity of the City's sewage treatment facilities urine, feces, trash, petroleum products and other nasties are expelled, untreated, into New York Harbor via 494 combined sewer overflow outfalls aka CSOs.  Just 15 of these 494 outfalls, identified as Tier 1, are responsible for spurting out over half the City's raw sewage.  A sewage overflow can be triggered by as little as a tenth of an inch of rain, which essentially means that every time it rains, your toilet flushes directly into New York Harbor.  In New York City a CSO event occurs once a week on average.  CSOs are the single largest impairment to the quality of New York City's waters.    

Tags: sewage CSO stormwater "water pollution"

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