October 5, 2004: Judge Stops Bronx Water Project

1005 Bronx Water Treatment PlantOctober 5, 2004New York Times headline–Judge Stops Bronx Water Project. “A State Supreme Court justice, William A. Wetzel, has temporarily stopped the city from beginning to build a $1.3 billion water filtration plant in Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. Last week, the City Council cleared the project, despite neighborhood protests that the plant would ruin parkland and disrupt a quiet neighborhood for years; on Friday, the judge issued the restraining order which had been sought by a civic group, Friends of Van Cortlandt Park. The group said that the city had failed to comply with zoning laws.” Commentary: No one said that building a new water treatment plant would be easy. Of course, this delay was not significant and construction of the Croton Water Treatment Plant proceeded.

Here is an update on the construction of the plant:

Current Croton Water Filtration Plant Construction Progress (updated for October 1, 2013)

“Construction work at the Water Filtration Plant site continues to make progress: concrete placement is near completion, installation of mechanical, electrical, heating and ventilating, and plumbing work continues to advance. Above grade work, including architectural and utility installation is progressing. Testing of equipment and filter media placement has been completed. Rehabilitation work continues at Gate House No. 1 in Van Cortlandt Park. At Jerome Park Reservoir, work on connections to the water supply distribution system continues. Water Filtration Plant Start-Up and Testing is expected to begin in 2013.”

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