Climate Change Could New York’s Sewer System Be Contributing to this Issue

Climate Change Could New York’s Sewer System Be Contributing to this Issue

In 2018, New Yorkers experienced an extremely rainy year. The rain washed pet waste, plastic utensils and other street grime into an aging sewer system that sometimes can’t handle it. Every year the city releases 100 billion liters of untreated water sewage and stormwater runoff into its waterways. Whenever it rains heavily, the surge of stormwater forces the sewers to hit maximum capacity, causing wastewater to flow from the 100-year-old system into nearby rivers. A 100-year-old sewer system can barely manage light flow in certain places. The city is working on various ways to improve water quality but those efforts

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