From Mountain to Metropolis

From 1837 until the present, work on the gravity-fed water delivery system that supplies New York has been underway. Likened by local author Diane Galusha to the building of the Panama Canal, the watershed and the delivery system are considered by many to be the eighth wonder of the modern world. Six reservoirs, three primary aqueducts, seven tunnels, and a variety of storage and balancing facilities and distribution points make up the system that no engineer or environmentalist would even consider undertaking today.

The region where this water originates has been maintained to such high environmental standards that the water delivered to New York City taps, for all uses including drinking and cooking, is delivered and used in its pure, originating, unfiltered state. Water from within the region is bottled and sold to consumers in other Northeastern cities because of its reputation for purity.

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