Constructing the New York City Drinking Water System: A Pictorial History

Monday, December 12, 2010
St. Jeans Community Center

Construction on the New York City’s first viable drinking water system began in 1838 with the Old Croton Aqueduct that brought fresh potable water from the Croton Reservoir in Westchester. As the city grew so did its demand for clean drinking water. Expansion and maintenance have been continuous ever since.

Engineers carefully documented and photographed many of the projects as they were being constructed. Over the years these archives got disorganized. Gina Pollara and a team from the Cooper Union School of Architecture put the archive back together. Come hear Gina associate editor of “Waterworks: The Architecture and Engineering of the New York City Water Supply” tell the story.

This event is made possible with funds from the Catskill Watershed Corporation in partnership with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection.


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