Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant to Host Annual Valentine’s Day Tours

Space is Limited and Reservations are Required;

Photos are Available on
DEP’s Flickr Page

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently
announced that the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant will once
again be opened to the public for Valentine’s Day tours. The tours
will be held on Saturday, February 11, and will be led by plant operators.
Tours will include a short overview of the wastewater treatment process
followed by a visit to the 120-foot high observation deck located atop
the iconic digester eggs. There, visitors will enjoy scenic views of the
New York City skyline. There are three tour times scheduled for Feb. 11—11am,
1pm and 3pm—and
reservations are taken on a first come, first served basis. The tours will begin at
the Visitors Center, which is located at 329 Greenpoint Avenue.

Located in Brooklyn’s Greenpoint neighborhood, the Newtown Creek
plant went into operation in 1967 and serves approximately 1 million residents
in a drainage area of more than 15,000 acres (25 square miles), including
portions of Manhattan, western Queens and northern Brooklyn. The plant
is the City’s largest wastewater treatment facility and is in the
final stages of a $5 billion upgrade that has increased its wet weather
capacity to over 700 million gallons a day. Newtown Creek has also been
honored by The New York City Public Design Commission with two Awards
for Excellence in Design.

DEP manages New York City’s water supply, providing approximately
1 billion gallons of high quality drinking water each day to more than
9 million residents, including 8.5 million in New York City. The water
is delivered from a watershed that extends more than 125 miles from the
city, comprising 21 reservoirs and three controlled lakes. Approximately
7,000 miles of water mains, tunnels and aqueducts bring water to homes
and businesses throughout the five boroughs, and 7,500 miles of sewer
lines and 96 pump stations take wastewater to 14 in-city treatment plants.
DEP has nearly 6,000 employees, including almost 1,000 in the upstate
watershed. In addition, DEP has a robust capital program, with a planned
$20.7 billion in investments over the next 10 years that will create up
to 3,000 construction-related jobs per year. For more information, visit
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