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 plant:

Current Croton Water Filtration Plant Progress (updated for October 5, 2015)

By some reports, the plant is online, but I cannot find an announcement or press release from NYC DEP that states that fact. Here is the latest news item I found.

New York Times “As a Plant Nears Completion, Croton Water Flows Again to New York City, May 8, 2015, Water from the Croton watershed — historically the cradle of New York’s supply — began flowing to taps on Thursday for the first time in seven years, officials announced, as one of the largest construction projects in the city’s modern history neared completion.

The $3.2 billion Croton Water Filtration Plant is hidden under a golf driving range at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, inside an excavated area big enough to hold Yankee Stadium. It can treat as much as 290 million gallons of water a day, Emily Lloyd, the commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection, said. That is about one-third of total daily citywide demand.

More typically, the plant will supply about 100 million gallons of water a day to the western edges of Manhattan and low-lying areas of the Bronx, which it can reach by gravity. The rest of the city’s supply comes from the Catskill-Delaware watershed, west of the Hudson River. Because that watershed is far more rural and tightly controlled, its water is not filtered.”

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