Winter is Still Very Present in the Big Apple

Winter is Still Very Present in the Big Apple

A series of recent manhole fires in the heart of Manhattan forced the evacuation of several theaters and was a stark reminder that the subway is not the only creaky infrastructure beneath the streets of New York City. New York City has one of the oldest and largest infrastructures in the world, including some areas more than centuries old. On a regular day, these pipes are prone to cracks, leaks, and complete breaks. In the winter, it makes the pipes much more prone to issues arising. During the late January polar vortex, single-digit temperatures in the city quickly rose into

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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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Village Waits to Repair Sewer System

Village Waits to Repair Sewer System

A small village in northern New York is in need of major repairs to its sewer system. The village of Mohawk’s estimated cost of a project to rehabilitate the sewer system in the village of Mohawk is less than initially projected, but work won’t move forward until funding is fully in place. Initial numbers had the project estimated at $6.1 million but after some investigation and thorough research, it will now be $5.9 million. Some are suggesting using the more than $2 million saved to repair laterals throughout the community. Laterals are the sewer pipes running from houses to main

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