New York City - What is in your glass of water?

Brought to you by a forum member of another site, below is just a very basic list of the ingredients in each and every glass of water enjoyed by the residents of the City of New York, due to their belief that a filtration plant is way too expensive..

Twenty three towns rest at the bottom of the unfiltered water of NYC.

Finally, at noon of June 19, 1914, the blowing of all the steam whistles in the reservoir
area for one solid hour announced the completion of the dikes and dams of the reservoir.
The farms and villages were left to the rush of the oncoming waters, under which, to this
day, the foundations of old houses and sites of well-remembered orchards and gardens
are visible at low water.
Over thirty-two cemeteries of two thousand eight hundred bodies or skeletons,
including those of many soldiers of the Revolution were moved, well most of them.

What did folks die of back then, when bodies were buried in pine boxes with just dirt
tossed on them and over time rotting into the soil now silt?
Maybe diseases like tuberculosis, Smallpox , Influenza, Typhus to name a few.

From 1914 to the 1950s 23 towns were left at the bottom of the reservoirs.
The Towns, our sunken past:
West Hurley, Ashton, Glenford, Brown's Station, Olive Bridge, Brodhead, Shokan,
West Shokan, Boiceville, Beerston, Cannonsville, Rock Rift, Rock Royal, Granton,
Neversink, Bittersweet, Arena, Pepacton, Shavertown, Union Grove, Eureka, Montela,
Lackawack and Gilboa.

The Six reservoirs:
Ashokan Reservoir,Cannonsville Reservoir,Neversink Reservoir,Pepacton Reservoir,
Rondout Reservoir,Schoharie Reservoir.

(Did I just read farms,houses,businesses like tanneries all left at the bottom?)

Asbestos became increasingly popular among manufacturers and builders in the 19th
century because of its sound absorption, tensile strength, and its resistance to heat,

Heavily-leaded paint was used in most homes built before the 1950s,

The official birthday of EPA is December 2, 1970. If the EPA was around during the
siting of the reservoirs would they still have been built?

When asked where does your water come from? Most folks respond "from the faucet."

After reading this you can take it one step further. You can state the facts to your child.
You can say, "Well Billy, our water here in NYC comes from upstate reservoirs."
"You see Billy, the reservoirs that supply NYC with water are no more then giant open air
surface water gathering pits. With history below and wildlife above, and an incredible
aquatic world in-between. Its all natural taste with history at the bottom of every glass,
and the best thing its free! Thats why we don't complain about it. Now drink up,
you will be late for school and do not forget your inhaler."

NYC needs a filter system.

In the mean time maybe some environmental groups could start a bottled water campaign
to help out. You might want to ask for glass bottles they are more earth friendly.
Remember plastic is a petroleum product.

You can find more history on NYC drinking water and our past here.

(My note: NYC residents tend to forget that there are an awful lot of dead animal bodies
that also decompose in the reservoir. In addition, septic leakage and direct septic waste,
runoff from fertilizers and many other chemicals used between here and there, bodies of
the dead who were disposed of or who drowned undetected or just plain old died of
disease and plopped into the water. And don't forget each and every upstate resident
who goes out of their way to pee in it just on principle.
Not to mention garbage and toxic waste illegally dumped, sort of the same way NY City
uses the ocean for all their toxic junk.)

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Comment by Robin Fehrenbach Scala on April 28, 2010 at 8:33pm
I guess the whole point blew over your head.
NYC wants the entire watershed area free of ANYTHING, but that is because the city refuses to spend money on the filtration plant that should have been built LONG AGO.
In the meantime, the crazed groups of upper city elite insist that gas drilling will POISON them and their children and every generation to come.
HOWEVER, they have no clue about the contaminants that flavor their UNFILTERED water already.

The point you seem to be missing is this:
NY City took over towns to create reserviors, they changed land use to protect "their" water, and they have used a heavy hand against upstate NY for a very long time.
NOW THIS. They want no drilling anywhere near (on PRIVATE property the city does not own)

When do they start taking responsibility for supplying filtered and clean water themselves?
Comment by Gregory A Xedis IV on April 28, 2010 at 7:48pm
rfs: so just add to it instead of making it better Sounds like you have some work to do in cleanning up the watershed.
Comment by Robin Fehrenbach Scala on April 28, 2010 at 7:44am
My thanks to OURLAND for this information:

There is currently great concern over the amount of contaminants entering surface waters within the Cannonsville Reservoir watershed of New York State (Auer et al., 1998). The reservoir is one of the largest supplying drinking water to nearly 9 million New York City residents, (Drink up me hearties YO HO )230 kmn to the southeast. Recently, for regulatory purposes the reservoir watershed was declared to be “phosphorus restricted.” This restriction imposes limits on the concentration of phosphorus compounds allowable in surface waters, with the ultimate goal of eliminating eutrophication in the reservoir. This means that economic growth and development of watershed communities can be restrained as requisite nutrient abatement practices are added to proposed projects.
Ongoing research intends to identify principal non-point sources to surface water pollution within Cannonsville Reservoir watershed. Agriculture, primarily manure ("Oh man I'm getting ill reading this stuff forget about drinking it") management practices from dairy farming, already been recognized as a major contributor in the region (Kleinman, 1999; Cerosaletti et al., 2004). The USEPA (1980, 2002) has stated that septic tank effluent can typically contain contaminants of concern including pathogens, (wonderful a disease producer) chemical and biochemical oxygen demands, and nitrogen and phosphorus compounds. The present study was undertaken to evaluate whether septic systems are a likely source of contaminants to the Cannonsville Reservoir.


Eutrophication: a process where water bodies receive excess nutrients that stimulate excessive plant growth,( Cool manure works the same on hay fields and lilypads! )

Septic tank effluent: is the wastewater that is discharged or flows out of a septic system. (I will give you a hint a liquid sounds like.... and smelllllls like.... smit)

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