Today is World Environment Day and this year’s theme is “Does It Include You?” In honor of that, we’re digging into a hotly contested topic in NYC: the city’s drinking water. Some people refuse to drink it, while others claim it’s the best of the best. Let’s investigate.
Where does NYC water come from?
- NYC water is sourced through the NYC Watershed, the largest unfiltered water supply in the US.
- Most is provided by rain and snow that’s collected in 19 different reservoirs.
How much does it cost?
- NYC tap water costs about one cent per gallon, making it 1,000 times less expensive than bottled water.
How does it get here?
- 95% of NYC water is delivered by gravity through a system of tunnels and aqueducts.
- Incredibly, there have been no significant interruptions in service since 1842.
Soo…what’s the final verdict?
- NYC’s water is considered to be the ‘champaign’ of drinking water (not to be confused with Miller High Life, the “Champagne” of beers) meaning that it’s plain, flavorless, and often wins taste test competitions when stacked against other New York State water sources. Drink away, city dwellers, drink away!
Source: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation