New York City has some of the best quality drinking water in the world. The 6,000 mile-network of pipes, shafts, and subterranean aqueducts carries an average of 1.2 billion gallons of water each day from 19 upstate reservoirs.
NYC's infrastructure for delivering and removing water is aging. Almost 30 billion gallons of raw sewage and polluted stormwater are discharged annually from over four-hundred combined sewage overflows into NYC’s waterways. Today, as little as a quarter-inch of rain can overwhelm municipal sewers. The need to capture stormwater before it overwhelms sewers and treatment plants is crucial to protecting the environment and City inhabitants.
With over 14 million square foot of building space NYU has an opportunity to conserve water and reduce runoff. Here are some ways we are doing our part:
NYU has three green roofs, including a 3700 square foot plot on top of 238 Thompson at the Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life.
All toilets installed during retrofits and renovations are low flow and residence hall bathrooms have low flow showerheads. Aerators are also added to faucets to reduce gallon per minute flow rates.