People often associate New York City’s infrastructure with skyscrapers and subways. But they overlook something essential for the sustenance of human life: New York City’s water system. New Yorkers rely on a highly complex and symbiotic water system that supplies fresh drinking water and treats wastewater every day.
Built more than 100 years ago, the core of New York City’s water supply infrastructure is a network of dams and aqueducts that carry 1 billion gallons of potable water daily from upstate reservoirs to the city’s 8.6 million residents. Even today, they are considered feats of innovation and engineering. And, as with our skyscrapers and subways, the effects of age and climate change threaten our water supply.